Birds Without Names

Dir: Kazuya Shiraishi
Cast: Yutaka Takenouchi, Yu Aoi, Sadawo Abe
123mins   2017   Japan   18   Japanese    Subtitled   

Kanojo ga son na wo shiranai toritachi Japan Now Special Strand

Towako lives with Jinji, 15 years her senior, an uncouth man she  does not love. Despite Jinji’s selfless devotion, Towako never gives anything in return. Instead, Towako cannot forget her ex-boyfriend Kurosakai and even sleeps with other men who evoke memories of him. One day a policeman arrives at her door, revealing that Kurosaki has been missing for five years.

A gripping adaptation of Mahokaru Numata’s award-winning mystery novel and featuring sublime performances, Kazuya Shiraishi masterfully directs this visceral tale of lust and redemption following the twisted and loveless relationships.


Screened as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018(Un)true Colours – Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema.

Programme includes:

Sing My Life (Ayashi kanojo) 

Japan Now Special Strand: Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga son na wo shiranai toritachi) 

Where I Belong (Shabondama) 

Joy of Man’s Desiring (Hitono nozomino yorokobiyo) UK première

Sword of the Stranger (Stranger mukohadan)


Tue 6 March