Pieta in the Toilet
トイレのピエタ (Toire no Pieta)
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Pieta in the Toilet © 2015 "Pieta in the Toilet" Film Partners.
North American Premiere
Inspired by "Godfather of Manga" Osamu Tezuka’s last diary page, this fraught and tender story marks the fiction debut for acclaimed documentary filmmaker Daishi Matsunaga. Hiroshi (Yojiro Noda, lead singer of popular Japanese rock band RADWIMPS in his first acting role) is an introverted painter once full of promise. During his work as a window cleaner, he falls suddenly ill and the doctor requires him to bring a family member for his test results. Not wanting to involve his family, Hiroshi pays a headstrong highschooler Mai (Hana Sugisaki), who he meets in the waiting room, to play his sister. Told that his days are numbered, Hiroshi struggles with his fate while Mai asks him, “Shall we go die together, then?”
Japan. 2015. 120 min. HDCAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Daishi Matsunaga. With Yojiro Noda, Hana Sugisaki, Lily Franky, Saya Ichikawa, Rie Miyazawa.
World Premiere at 16th Jeonju International Film Festival
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2015.
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