Her Love Boils Bathwater
(Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai, 湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 125 mins
Director: Ryôta Nakano
Cast: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Aoi Itô
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Futaba (RieMiyazawa) is a single mother struggling to make ends meet after her husband suddenly left her and the family’s bathhouse business went under. While coming to terms with her situation, she is dealt another blow when she is diagnosed with cancer; it’s terminal. Displaying the boundless strength of a loving mother, rather than lament her fate, Futaba determines to use the few months she has left to put her affairs in order and secure a stable future for her teenage daughter, Azumi (Hana Sugisaki). With the twin aims of reconciling her splintered family and getting their bathhouse up and running again, she sets out to track her estranged husband (Joe Odagiri). Can she succeed before her time runs out?
Written and directed by up-and-comer Ryota Nakano, this heartrending family drama (and only his second feature) was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards after picking up six Japan Academy prizes, including Best Picture and Best Actress.
“Her Love Boils Bathwater very firmly belongs to its genre, but it innovates and expands on its hallmarks in such a way that it is able to sufficiently stand out.” – Trespass Magazine
“Writer/director Nakano Ryota has created an emotionally charged, heart wrenching family drama.” – Screen Anarchy
With thanks to Major Sponsors JAL, Yakult, Sasakawa and Sponsors in Kind Japan Centre, Okinawa Film Office.