Sunday, July 12, 2009
(Nonko 36 sai--kajitetsudai)
Q&A with director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri!
Nonko, a 36-year-old divorced ex-actress, returns home to her family, where her father is a priest at a local Shinto shrine. Disillusioned and lonely, she takes out her frustration by drinking herself to oblivion at a local bar until she meets up with a naïve young man who is trying to make his fortune by selling baby chicks. Maki Sakai gives a stellar performance in the title role of Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's uplifting portrait of a woman with complexity.
2008, 105 min., 35mm. Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri. With Maki Sakai, Gen Hoshino, Shingo Tsurumi and Kanji Tsuda.
Bio: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (director)
Born in Hokkaido, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri quickly gained an international recognition with his sensational thesis film Kichiku (1997), an extremely brutal portrait of the 1970s student movement and its corruption. Kumakiri always enjoys exploring difficult topics, and Non-ko is his seventh feature film following Hole in the Sky (2001), Antenna (2004), The Violated Woman (2004), Green Mind, Metalbats (2006) and Freesia (2006, JAPAN CUTS 2007).
Part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, June 30 - July 12, 2009.
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