Blindly in Love
(Hakoiri musuko no koi,箱入り息子の恋)
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 117 mins
Director: Masahide Ichii
Cast: Gen Hoshino, Kaho, Sei Hiraizumi
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Kentaro (Gen Hoshino) is an introverted thirtysomething man, drifting through life without much ambition. Unassertive and socially inept, he has no friends to speak of and whiles away his days in his boyhood room playing video games and caring for a pet frog. Concerned for their childlike son, Kotaro’s mother and father attend a matchmaking event in the hopes of arranging an omiai (formal marriage interview). They finally find a beautiful bachelorette, Naoko (Kaho), and are surprised to discover that she isblind. Naoko’s father, a high-earning salaryman is adamant that Kotaro is not the right fit but, despite this hurdle, the two singles meet and begin a tentative romance. More hurdles arrive in succession –will their love survive?
Masahide Ichii’s tender romantic drama gives centre-stage to the frustrating dilemma of wanting to grow up, but not knowing how, and illustrates the current issue of an increasing number of eternal bachelors in Japan.
“Feel-good farce” – The Japan Times
With thanks to Major Sponsors JAL, Yakult, Sasakawa and Sponsors in Kind Japan Centre, Okinawa Film Office.