Part of the 2019 season: People Still Call It Love

Tremble All You Want

Director Akiko Ohku

Cast: Mayu Matsuoka, Takumi Kitamura, Daichi Watanabe

© 2017 "TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT" Production Committee

(Katte ni furuetero, 勝手にふるえてろ)

UK Premiere

Yoshika (Mayu Matsuoka) is a brainy junior accountant who, at the ripe old age of 24, has never been kissed. Putting in long hours at work, the only thing this eccentric wallflower finds time and enthusiasm for is looking up obscure trivia on Wikipedia and fantasising about having real-life interactions with people she encounters. Her most cherished obsession pertains to a high school crush, Ichi (her No.1 choice), whom she still carries a torch for – ten years later. Her silent pining is suddenly broken one day when her emotionally incontinent colleague, Ni (or second choice), confesses his love for her. Deciding its better than nothing, Yoshika begins an awkward courtship with him in spite of herself, anguishing over her feelings for Ichi versus Ni, ideals versus reality..

Genre veteran, Akiko Ohku, perceptively and deceptively adapts Risa Wataya’s novel, playing with our expectations of rom-com conventions while boldly exploring darker themes of loneliness felt by young women in contemporary Japanese society.

片思いの経験しかない24歳のOLヨシカは、10年来思い続けている元同級生、「イチ」に対する脳内恋愛で満足する日々。そんなヨシカに、会社の同期である青年「ニ」が告白。妄想と現実、2人の男性の間で揺れ動くヨシカだが……。綿矢りさの同名小説を映画化した恋愛コメディー。(Japanese synopsis by Eikoku News Digest)

2017/117 min/English Subtitles

Past screenings