酔いがさめたら、うちに帰ろう (Yoigasametara, Uchi ni Kaerou)
North American Premiere
Thursday, July 21, 2011
2010, 118 min., 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Yoichi Higashi. With Tadanobu Asano, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yoshiko Kayama, Masako Takada, Mikako Ichikawa.
A practical, uncomplaining meditation on the destructive nature of alcoholism and the despair that goes with it, resigned to the strange comedy of its plight and yet retaining grip and grace. Once a great wartime photographer, Yasuyuki now spends his days indulging in alcoholic binges, exhausting himself with a cycle of drunken violence and illness. His latest binge lands him in the hospital once more, bringing about the return of his caring ex-wife, Yuki, who divorced him due to the abuse she received from his drunken spells. A film driven by powerful performances and the pulse of life, even in its proximity to death.
Part of Japan Cuts 2011: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema
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