The Extreme Sukiyaki
ジ、エクストリーム、スキヤキ (Ji, Ekusutorimu, Sukiyaki)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Extreme Sukiyaki © 2013 “The Extreme SUKIYAKI” F.P. © 2013「ジ、エクストリーム、スキヤキ」製作委員会
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Q&A with director Shiro Maeda (via streaming video)
Reaching a crisis in his post-college life, Horaguchi (Arata Iura) abandons his job and searches out his best friend from his school days. However the bitter and unemployed Ohkawa (Yosuke Kubozuka) hasn't heard from his friend in 15 years and is reluctant to resume their friendship. However, he is given no choice in the matter. Joined by Ohkawa's partner Kaede (Kana Kurashina) and Horaguchi's former love interest Kyoko (Mikako Ichikawa), the four set off on an aimless day trip to the beach, sukiyaki pot in tow. Ohkawa brings along the one thing that excites him--a crude boomerang he's carved. The Extreme Sukiyaki marks the reunion of Iura and Kubozuka, who shot to stardom after appearing side by side in Ping Pong (2002). This is the directorial debut of writer/playwright Shiro Maeda, whose film is adapted from his own novel.
Japan. 2013. 111 min. HDCAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shiro Maeda. With Arata Iura, Yosuke Kubozuka, Mikako Ichikawa, Kana Kurashina.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2014.
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