(Osanago warera ni umare, 幼な子われらに生まれ)
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 127 mins
Director: Yukiko Mishima
Cast: Rena Tanaka, Tadanobu Asano, Miu Arai
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Makoto (Tadanobu Asano) is a career-driven, middle-aged patriarch of a patchwork family. Married to his second wife and unable to establish a connection with his rebellious elder step-daughter, he struggles to make time for his new family while trying to remain on good terms with his daughter from the previous marriage. Keeping all the plates spinning proves to be a herculean task as he is beset with blows in increasing frequency; soon, even his lucrative job is in jeopardy. As current wife Nanae (Rena Tanaka) announces she’s carrying his child, the story delves deeper into considerations of complicated family units and the consequences of divorce and remarriage.
A Stitch of Lifedirector, Yukiko Mishima, trifles with Japanese family drama conventions, taking fresh and unexpected trajectories in her adaptation of Kiyoshi Shigematsu’s 1996 novel. Winner of the Special Grand Prix of the Jury Award at the 2017 Montreal World Film Festival.
“Realism in Japanese family dramas, even the better ones, does not often get this real.” – The Japan Times
“A distinct family drama, that uses an “extreme’ story to talk about a number of social aspects, transcending the ones revolving around the family. Fans of the genre and indie films in general are bound to enjoy it.” – Asian Movie Pulse
With thanks to Major Sponsors JAL, Yakult, Sasakawa and Sponsors in Kind Japan Centre, Okinawa Film Office.
Image: Dear Etranger © 2016 “DEAR ETRANGER” Film Partners