Part of the 2024 season: Unforgettable

Undercurrent

Undercurrent, アンダーカレント

Director IMAIZUMI Rikiya

Cast MAKI Yoko, NAGAYAMA Eita, IURA Arata, Lily Franky

2023, 143 min, English Subtitles

Kanae (MAKI Yoko) struggles to manage her family’s bathhouse after her husband, Satoru (NAGAYAMA Eita), suddenly vanishes. She is often possessed by his memories, as well as memories from her childhood that she cannot recall. One day, HORI Takayuki (IURA Arata), a boiler man, comes seeking work and shelter, which Kanae agrees to offer.

In her quest to find her missing husband, Kanae hires the eccentric private detective YAMASAKI (Lily Franky). As Kanae delves into Satoru’s disappearance, her buried childhood memories resurface again, revealing hidden truths about herself, her husband, and HORI’s true motives. What will be uncovered as the undercurrents in each of their hearts are unravelled?

Based on the legendary manga Undercurrent by TOYODA Tetsuya, which received enthusiastic acclaim both in Japan and abroad upon its release in 2005, distinguished filmmaker IMAIZUMI Rikiya (Little Nights, Little Love and His) skilfully portrays the emotions that have long been locked away in people’s hearts. The music is composed by HOSONO Haruomi, who received the top award at the Cannes Film Festival for his work on Shoplifters (2018).

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夫が突然失踪し、一人で家業の銭湯を続けていかなければならなくなったかなえ。途方に暮れるかなえのもとに、堀と名乗る男性が組合の紹介で働き口を求めてやってくる。堀の助けを借りて営業を続けるかなえは、失踪した夫を探偵と探そうとするが、やがて子どものころの記憶がよみがえり……。豊田徹也の同名コミックを映画化。音楽は細野晴臣が担当している。

(Special thanks to Eikoku News Digest)