Ora, Ora Be Goin' Alone (Ora ora de hitori igumo) (PG)
OKITA Shuichi, 2020, 138 min, English Subtitles
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 19th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese films, most of which have only recently been released in Japan, and all of which intricately render their respective dark depths of the human mind.
Septuagenarian housewife, Momoko (TANAKA Yuko), has led a good life, having fled from the Japanese countryside to thriving Tokyo in the year of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and having married the love of her life with whom she raised two children. But after her plans of spending her golden years with her husband are dashed due to his sudden death, Momoko is forced to live alone. Mysterious figures and voices appear before her and liven up Momoko’s life, sometimes with song and dance.
Directing this adaptation of the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, won by the author WAKATAKE Chisako at the age of 63, OKITA Shuichi (a previous guest speaker of this programme) explores what loneliness means in modern life, particularly for older people. In a thoroughly fun and charming style, he portrays the immeasurable positivity of a woman determined to live on and enjoy her old age.
Organised by: The Japan Foundation
Major Supporters: Yakult, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Sponsor in Kind: SUQQU, Athletia
Cultural Partner: The Japan Society
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