Three Stories of Love

(Koibito-tachi, 恋人たち)

UK Premiere

Offering a glimpse into the microcosm of relationships within Japanese society, three vignettes tell very different stories of love, loss and rejection.

Unfulfilled and exploited housewife, Toko (Toko Narushima), is trapped in a loveless marriage with a husband disinterested in how his mother treats his wife. An encounter with a sympathetic scam artist offers respite from a life lacking all affection.

An intuitive bridge inspector (Atsushi Shinohara) had been widowed in a brutal and random murder of his wife three years prior. Grief-stricken and obsessed with fantasies of revenge, his heartbreak sends his life in a downward spiral.

Shinomiya is an elite lawyer with an inflated ego who enjoys mistreating his younger male lover. But when his life comes crashing down, he seeks refuge with a school friend he once loved.

Named the best Japanese film of 2015 by Kinema Junpo and Mark Shilling of The Japan Times, this tenderly crafted work puts loneliness of modern life on full display. The emotional damage incurred by the desperate protagonist trio is made all the more relatable by the acting of three non-trained newcomers who were picked specifically for the roles and had the script written around their personalities by Hashiguchi.

2015/140 min/English Subtitles

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi

Cast: Atsushi Shinohara, Toko Narushima, Ryo Ikeda
© Shochiku Broadcasting / Arc Films

Showing at:

ICA
10 February 2019

Dundee Contemporary Arts
26 February 2019

Phoenix Leicester
7 March 2019

Queen's Film Theatre
16 March 2019

Tyneside
18 March 2019

Filmhouse
21 March 2019

Broadway
26 March 2019

Exeter Phoenix
27 March 2019