Third Window Films is releasing Yuya Ishii’s “Mitsuko Delivers” on the 9th of July.
Romaji: Hara Ga Kore Nande
Japanese Title: ハラ が コレ なんで
Release Date: 05th November 2011 (Japan)
UK DVD Release Date: 09th 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 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. Despite all of this 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. This place is a relic from the past and it has had the life sucked out o it with the departure of many of its residents, but Mitsuko’s infectious get-up-and-go attitude soon compels the remaining 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.
DVD Special Features:
Making Of, Theatrical Trailer
Mitsuko Delivers was my second Yuya Ishii film after Sawako Decides and while it did not impress me as much I still enjoyed it, particularly the performance of its main star Riisa Naka. The film also stars Ryo Ishibashi (Audition), and Aoi Nakamura (Quirky Guys and Gals).