彼らが本気で編むときは、/ Karera ga honki de amu toki wa
2017, Naoko Ogigami, Japan, 127 min. With Toma Ikuta, Rinka Kakihara.
- Mon, Mar 5th 8:00pm
“Gentle, sweet-souled celebration of alternative family structures…reminiscent of Hirokazu Koreeda at his most crowd-pleasing.” — Guy Lodge, Variety
“Sentimental but with an earnest and playfully subversive sense of humor…so moving at times that one can barely hear the sound of fresh ground being broken in Japanese cinema.” — Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage
Eleven-year-old Toma has been abandoned yet again by her single mother, who regularly takes off for months in pursuit of romance. The child is taken in by her uncle Makio, who confides that he is now living with an “unusual” girlfriend. To Tomo’s initial bewilderment, sweet, nurturing, demurely feminine Rinka was born a boy. Director Ogigami’s gentle family drama addresses the many questions and complications inherent in the transition of a transgender woman while Tomo and Rinka form a tender bond. Tomo experiences the accepting embrace of a mother’s love for the first time, and the future this blended family seems assured…almost. Presented in cooperation with Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season VI soft opening. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital.
March 5: Mark Schilling, critic for the Japan Times, will be present for an audience discussion moderated by Sophia Wong Boccio, Founder & Executive Director of Asian Pop-Up Cinema.
A Chicago-based Asian film festival held twice a year featuring specially curated film series from Asia to create interest and awareness of Asian cultures via films.