A touring festival dedicated to contemporary Japanese films about women is making its way around the UK.
In Bristol, the Arnolfini will screen the following six movies from 13 to 21 March:
- Non-Ko (2008) 13 March
- ASYLE (2007) 14 March
- Kamome Diner (2006) 18 March
- How to Become Myself (2007) 19 March
- German plus Rain (2007) 20 March
- Fourteen (2007) 21 March
All films are shown at 7.30pm.
I will be watching Non-Ko on 13 March and Asyle on 14 March.
directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, 105 minutes, Rated 15.
The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.
Sat 13 March, 7.30pm
Nonko, a 36-year-old divorced ex-actress, returns home to her family, where her father is a priest at a local Shinto shrine. Disillusioned and lonely, she takes out her frustration by drinking herself to oblivion at a local bar, until she meets up with a naïve young man who is trying to make his fortune by selling baby chicks.
directed by Izuru Kumasaka, 111 minutes, Rated 15.
Lily, Hikari Kajiwara, Chiharu, Sachi Jinno, Ken Mitsuishi. The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.
Sun 14 Mar, 7.30pm
A haven for clandestine lovers turns out to be more than most passers-by would imagine in this independent drama.
The Parku Ando is a ‘love hotel’ in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, where couples can rent a room for a night or by the hour for romantic assignations. However, few of its regular customers seem to come there for sexual encounters; the hotel has become a hangout for rootless teenagers, senior citizens looking for a place to relax, and kids who play under the watchful eye of manager Tsuyako (Lily). Tsuyako and her friend Tsuki handle the day to day business at the hotel, and while they can be tough when they need to be, they’re also capable of kindness to strangers…
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01