Third Window Films is giving Yuya Ishii’s “Mitsuko Delivers” a UK theatrical release. It opens at selected regional cinemas and the Institute of Contemporary Arts where it will play through until May 24th. For tickets and show times at the ICA visit their site.
UK Theatrical Release Date: 11th May 2012
Running Time: 109 min.
Director: Yuya Ishii
Writer: Yuya Ishii
Starring: Riisa Naka, Aoi Nakamura, Ryo Ishibashi, Shiro Namiki, Miyoko Inagawa, Miyako Takeuchi, Momoka Oono, Yoshimasa Kondo, Yukijiro Hotaru, Keiko Saito
Mitsuko (Naka) is a young woman who is nine-months pregnant, broke and alone in Tokyo. Her parents (serial failed entrepeneurs) think that she’s in America with the baby’s GI father but she’s actually in dire straits as she is forced to move out of her apartment and yet she remains positive and believes that things will turn out alright. She doesn’t know where she will go but decides to hop into a taxi she cannot pay for, and follows a cloud back to the ramshackle working-class alley where she grew up. The place reeks of destitution and bone idleness, but Mitsuko’s infectious get-up-and-go attitude soon compels the locals to roll up their sleeves and restore the alley to its former glory. Mitsuko has so much to do and so little time before her baby arrives but she will find a new assertiveness and help those floundering around her.
Yuya Ishii (Sawako Decides) delivers another brilliant film (review coming soon) which stars Riisa Naka, Ryo Ishibashi (Audition), and Aoi Nakamura (Quirky Guys and Gals). The 28-year-old film director, Yuya Ishii, is making a name for himself on the international film stage with his film ‘Mitsuko Delivers’ featuring in the 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival and the 32ndHong Kong International Film Festival where he was awarded the inaugural “Edward Yang New Talent Award.” Back home in Japan, Ishii won the Pia Film Festival Grand Prix in 2007 for “Mukidashi Nippon” (Bare-Assed Japan) and followed up with the mega-hit “Sawako Decides” (2010) for which he won the Best Director at the Blue Ribbon Awards and the Best New Director Award at the Yokohama Film Festival. Joining Ishii is lead actress Riisa Naka was the winner of this year’s Japan Academy Award for Best New Actress/Rookie of the Year for roles including voicing the lead character in “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and starring in “Zebraman: Vengeful Zebra City”. Naka meets director Ishii’s world view head on, with a boldness that belies her sweet image.