Sunday, June 5th
Eyes on Japan program 2:
LUNAR MARIA + IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
LUNAR MARIA (dir: Koji Hagiuda)
A household in the Tokyo area. Shizuko Yuzuki lives with Harue, mother of her husband who abandoned them five years ago. Harue has been suffering from dementia for three years and doesn't even remember Shizuko's name. Day after day, Harue wanders in search of the missing Yutaka. Shizuko spends her days caring for her ailing mother-in-law. One day, a burglary shakes the neighborhood. The injured thief takes to hiding in the Yuzuki family's house but is discovered by Shizuko. The thief presses his hand on Shizuko's mouth as she tries to scream. Shizuko desperately fights back. Harue approaches the two, unaware of the danger she's facing... But the surprising words that leave her lips sets in motion a chain of events that will bring a ray of light into the Yuzuki household..
IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (dir: Masaya Tsutsumi)
Summer 2020. Pedestrians have begun to return to Tokyo. In one corner of a cafe, a man and woman are taking part in a One Coin English Cafe where participants can casually enjoy English conversation for a small price. Miki is a woman who tells lies about her work and background while participating in the conversation to satisfy her modest need for approval. Kenji is a young actor who plans to work in the US but is restricted from traveling there. The two of them hit it off and start playing a game where they visit English conversation cafes and act like different people. There are two rules to the game. “Stay out of each other’s life,” and “Don’t lie in Japanese.”
A talkback with the filmmakers and reception will follow the screening.
This program is sponsored by The Dragon Route Shoryudo in Japan