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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Monday © 2000 Cine Qua Non Films.

2000, 100 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Sabu. With Shinichi Tsutsumi, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Tomorowo Taguchi. Print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.

Opening screening followed by an afterparty.

Introduction and Q&A with director Sabu.

FIPRESCI Prize at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival, "for its austere, dark wit and keen eye for human foibles."


It is Monday morning and the mother of all bad hair days for salaryman Takagi (Shinichi Tsutsumi), who wakes up fully clothed in a unfamiliar hotel room, with a massive hangover and no recollection of the past 48 hours and how he got there in the first place. As an envelope of purification salt (used in Japan to ward off evil spirits during a funeral) falls out of his pocket, memories start flooding back. From a funeral wake that literally ended with a bang, to a deplorable date with his girlfriend, and a drunken descent into a nocturnal world of scowling yakuza and hostess clubs, the increasingly consternated salaryman wonders exactly how wrong things went during his lost and found weekend.

Part of the series: Run, Salaryman, Run! A Retrospective of Sabu's Film Works.

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