Sawako Decides DVD Release

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.

 Sawako Decides

Sawako Decides DVD Case  (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

Cert. 12

– 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

Theatrical Trailer

Sawako Decides 川の底からこんいちは (2010)

Sawako Decides     Sawako Decides Film Poster

Japanese: 川の底からこんいちは

Romaji: Kawa no Soko Kara Konnichi wa

Release Date: May 01st, 2010 (Japan)

Running Time: 112 mins.

Director: Yuya Ishii

Writer: Yuya Ishii (Screenplay),

Starring: Hikari Mitsushima, Masashi Endo, Kira Aihara, Kotaro Shig, Miyoko Inagawa, Maki Meguro, Ryo Iwamatsu,

To call this the funniest humanist film you will see this year runs the risk of underplaying just how funny the film is. From Yuya Ishii’s sharp script to a star performance from lead actress Hikari Mitsushima as the title character, Sawako Decides is probably one of the funniest films you will see this year.

Sawako and Kayoko

– Synopsis –

Sawako (Hikari Mitsushima) 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 (Masashi Endo), her boyfriend, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kayoko (Kira Aihara), 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 (Kotaro Shiga), 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

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Sawako Decides theatrical release from the 8th of July.

2011 has turned out to be a great year for seeing Japanese films in the cinema and there’s no sign that the trend is going to stop because Third Window Films offers Yuya Ishii’s comedy Sawako Decides which will get a UK theatrical release from the 8th of July.

 Sawako Decides

Sawako Decides

(Japan 2009, 112 Mins, In Japanese with English subtitles, Colour 35mm)

Director: Yuya Ishii

 Starring: Hikari Mitsushima (Love Exposure, Death Note, Villain)

Ryo Iwamatsu (Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers, Instant Swamp, Love Exposure)

UK RELEASE DATE:  8 July 2011,  Opening at ICA & selected regional sites

– 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

Reasons to go see it? Well it’s directed by Yuya Ishii who is quickly establishing a reputation as one of the best film-makers in Japan whilst still in his twenties. The film has garnered praise from sites like Twitch as well as eminent film critics like Tony Rayns who described Sawako Decides as “a joyous, nuanced, comic drama about female empowerment.”

Oh and it stars Hikari Mitsushima, one of the most interesting actresses in Japan.

Hikari Love Exposure

She has starred in some of the most entertaining and provocative films to come from the country including Love Exposure and Death Note.  She will also be in the forthcoming Takashi Miike film Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai and Takashi (Ju-on) Shimzu’s Rabbit Horror 3D which has cinematography from legendary Wong Kar-Wai collaborator Christopher Doyle.

If you need any more convincing try the trailer out:

For more information, check out the page on the Third Window Films site.