Dear Etranger

Dir: Yukiko Mishima
Cast: Rena Tanaka, Tadanobu Asano, Miu Arai
127mins   2017   Japan   15   Japanese    Subtitled    F-Rated

Osanago warera ni umare, 幼な子われらに生まれ

Celebrating new Japanese films in collaboration with The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

Makoto 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 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 Life director, 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.

Introduced by Kenta Kato, programmer for the Rainbow Reel Tokyo and MA student in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, working on the politics of representations of sexual minorities in post-war Japanese studio cinema