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August 21 & 26, 2021
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In-Person Screening

Saturday, August 21, 7 PM
Thursday, August 26, 4 PM

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2021

“As coolly demure in its approach as its blue-blooded milieu, [...] the froideur and precision with which Sode navigates the world of Tokyo high society adds a layer of pristine authenticity to the picture.”

Screen Daily

New York Premiere. Whisked between social functions by private car, Hanako (Mugi Kadowaki, Love’s Whirlpool) lives a cloistered life among Tokyo’s wealthy elite. As she approaches her thirties, her family pushes her toward marriage and arranges dates with suitable bachelors. Meanwhile, Miki (Kiko Mizuhara, Helter Skelter) is making headway as an event planner after arriving in the city from her small town to attend a prestigious university only to drop out due to financial stress. When their paths cross over a man on a glide path to political power (Kengo Kora), these women recognize each other as individuals in the process of realizing their own passions and agency. Adapted from Mariko Yamauchi’s novel, Yukiko Sode’s dissection of class and gender comes alive with a fantastic cast including Shizuka Ishibashi (And Your Bird Can Sing) and Rio Yamashita (Asako I & II).

  • Big Screen Competition, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021
  • Official Selection, Hawai’i International Film Festival 2021

Dir. Yukiko Sode, 2020, 124 min.

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Image: © Mariko Yamauchi/SHUEISHA, "Aristocrats" Film Partners

JAPAN CUTS is sponsored by Shiseido Americas.


Additional support is provided by Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.


Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masako H. Shinn, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

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