Buy a Suit
Sunday, July 12, 2009
(Sutsu wo kau)
Veteran director Jun Ichikawa (Tony Takitani), who died suddenly the night that he finished editing this film (originally a private project), reveals his more personal and playful side while filming with nothing more than a few friends as actors and a camcorder. The film follows Yuki's visit to Tokyo in search of her missing brother, Hisashi, and their later reunion with Hisashi's ex-wife. Ichikawa's camerawork and plain sets draw out a more affectionate and gentle side of these characters and their connection amidst the barren Tokyo cityscape.
2008, 47 min., HDcam. Directed by Jun Ichikawa. With Yukiko Sunahara, Sabakichi and Momoko Mieda.
In memory of late director Jun Ichikawa, the screening of Buy a Suit will be followed by a conversation with Momoko Mieda, a star of the film and Ichikawa's personal friend.
Bio: Jun Ichikawa
Born in Tokyo, Jun Ichikawa is renowned for his modern sensibility and skillfully directed films, as well as for his iconic TV commercials. His films include recent art house favorite Tony Takitani (2004), Ryoma's Wife, Her Husband and Her Lover (2002), Tokyo Marigold (2001), Osaka Story (1999), Tokyo Lullaby (1997), Tokiwa: The Manga Apartment (1996), The Tokyo Siblings (1995), Dying at a Hospital (1993), Tugumi (1990) and Bu su (1987).
Part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, June 30 - July 12, 2009.
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