My Dad and Mr. Ito

My Dad and Mr. Ito

お父さんと伊藤さん (Oto-san to Ito-san)

Sunday, July 23, 2017



Director Yuki Tanada (One Million Yen Girl, Round Trip Heart) takes on the recent genre phenomenon of “age gap” romantic dramas, bringing her soulful style and feminist perspective. After driving Aya’s (Juri Ueno) sister-in-law up the wall, her cranky 74-year-old father (Tatsuya Fuji) moves in without warning. He promptly goes about criticizing 34-year-old Aya’s lifestyle: no children, pounding beers after her part-time job at a bookstore, and of course her older live-in boyfriend Mr. Ito (Lily Franky). At 54, he’s right in the middle of the father and daughter’s lifespans, leading to awkward hilarity. Yet the situational comedy of Tanada’s film deepens to become a s incere look at aging and communication amongst lovers and family.

2016. 119 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuki Tanada. With Juri Ueno, Lily Franky, Tatsuya Fuji, Tomoharu Hasegawa, Sei Ando.

“Both funny and searing, the film addresses issues of family and the plight of Japan’s aging, unwanted generation.” —Rob Schwartz, Metropolis

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.

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My Dad and Mr. Ito © Hinako Nakazawa, Kodansha Ltd. / 2016 “My Dad and Mr. Ito” Production Committee.

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