Third Window Films are all set to release the wonderful Yuya Ishii film Sawako Decides next week on the 3rd of October. I highly recommend this brilliant comedy which stars the wonderful Hikari Mitsushima. It is a great observational comedy that examines the odder aspects of life in modern Japan with hilarious cracked personalities everywhere and it has Hikari Mitsushima (just thought I’d remind you!). The DVD comes with a nice choice of extras as well. You can order it from Amazon today.
(Japan 2009, 112 Mins, In Japanese with English subtitles, Colour 35mm)
Director: Yuya Ishii
Starring: Hikari Mitsushima as Sawako
Masashi Endo as Kenichi
Kira Aihara as Kayoko
Kotaro Shiga as Sawako’s father Tadao
Ryo Iwamatsu as Nobuo
– Synopsis –
Sawako has lived in Tokyo for five years, is working her fifth office job, and is dating her fifth boyfriend, who is also her boss at the office. Her life with Kenichi, her boyfriend, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kayoko, feels like a “compromise,” and she endures each day feeling distressed about her career and love life.
One day, she receives word that her father, Tadao, who runs a freshwater clam processing business in her hometown, has fallen ill. There is a reason why Sawako would rather not go back home so easily, but she reluctantly decides to return at Kenichi’s insistence. But Kenichi, who had actually quit his job shortly before Sawako, uses this opportunity to come along with Sawako to her hometown with his daughter in tow.
Thus Sawako’s ordeals continue. Still, she takes over her father’s clam processing company and begins to work there, though she slowly starts to take charge of the situation and form a new life for herself
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Special message from director Yuya Ishii
Exclusive interview with director Yuya Ishii