Thicker Than Water

(Ken’en, 犬猿)

UK Premiere

Gripping drama exposing the turbulent relationships between two pairs of siblings as they grapple with one another like cats and dogs – or, to be more faithful to the original Japanese title, like ‘dogs and monkeys’. Kazunari (Masataka Kubota) has his life as an upstanding office worker thrown into turmoil when his violent ex-con brother (Hirofumi Arai) unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep. Meanwhile, Yuria (Keiko Enoue), a woman portrayed as reliable but conventionally unattractive, juggles the responsibility of running the family print shop with taking care of her ailing father. Her younger sister Mako (Miwako Kakei) is a complete antithesis; charming and ditzy, she flouts all duties in favour of flirtations and impressing on everyone her status as a ‘high-profile’ actress. Entertainingly intersected at various points, the two narratives – complete with interspersed slapstick – delineate the rising tensions among the siblings which soon are ready to overflow.

The latest offering from Himeanole director, Keisuke Yoshida, this work is based on his original script and shines an expository light onto the perpetual dichotomy of sibling rivalry and filial love.

2018/103 min/English Subtitles


The director, Keisuke Yoshida, will attend select screenings of the film and take part in Q&A sessions at the following venues:

ICA, London:                   Friday, 8 February and Saturday, 9 February

QUAD, Derby:                 Saturday, 9 February

Storyhouse, Chester:      Sunday, 10 February

Watershed, Bristol:         Monday, 11 February

Showroom, Sheffield:     Tuesday, 12 February


Director: Keisuke Yoshida

Cast: Masataka Kubota, Hirofumi Arai, Keiko Enoue

Showing at:

8–9 February 2019

9 February 2019

10 February 2019

Showroom Cinema
12 February 2019

Brewery Arts Centre
21 March 2019

23 March 2019

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