2018, Seiji Tanaka, Japan, 113 min.
With Yoji Minagawa, Mebuki Yoshida
- Wed, Sep 25th 8:00pm
"Darkly funny, viscerally thrilling and improbably heartwarming."—Mark Schilling, Japan Times
Winner of Best Director at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival, this first feature puts a poignant slacker-comic twist on the bloodthirsty yakuza genre, with an added side of shy romance. Twenty-something Kazuhiko (Minagawa), a terminally introverted college grad, lives with his parents and has never had a girlfriend. He’s never held a job, either. A confluence of circumstances scores him a lowly janitorial position in a bathhouse and a fateful meeting with perky but socially stunted former classmate Yuri (Yoshida). Just as life is looking brighter, an ill-advised peek at the after-hours activities of his boss and a punky co-worker lands Kazuhiko in hot water, making him the helpless pawn of gangsters in a new more deadly line of overtime work. Presented in collaboration with Asian Pop-up Cinema. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Director Seiji Tanaka and producer/actor Yoji Minagawa are scheduled to be present for audience discussion.