100 Yen Love
百円の恋 (Hyaku Yen no Koi)
Thursday, July 16, 2015
100 Yen Love © 2014 Toei Video.
North American Premiere
Introduction and Q&A with star Sakura Ando, with CUT ABOVE award ceremony
Followed by the PUNCH LOVE Party, with live music from LOVE SPREAD!
Ticket buyers to 100 Yen Love will receive a special gift from UNIQLO!
Play video games with your nephew when he gets home from school, pick up junk food at the local ¥100 convenience store, and pass out reading manga. Such is the life of Ichiko Saito (played by the luminous Sakura Ando), a 32 year old living at home with her parents and recently divorced sister. When their working class home gets too small for both sisters, her mother pushes Ichiko into the world and she gets a job at the nearby konbini. She befriends a gruff amateur boxer (Hirofumi Arai), but cruel reality soon pushes her to don the gloves herself. As Derek Elley of Film Business Asia writes, “Ando triumphs in [this] quirky tale of a social misfit's transformation,” exceeding all expectations in a physical performance of absurd comedy and deep pathos.
Japan. 2014. 113 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masaharu Take. With Sakura Ando, Hirofumi Arai, Miyoko Inagawa, Saori Koide, Yozaburo Ito.
“The best performance of (Ando’s) so-far brilliant career” -Mark Schilling, The Japan Times
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2015.
$20/$17 Japan Society members, seniors & students
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