2002. Japan. Dir: Akihiko Shiota. With Aoi Miyazaki. 92 min.
A beleaguered young outcast abandons junior high and her suicidal mother to wander Tokyo’s decrepit industrial outskirts. Shiota eschews melodramatics for a textured realism that captures the loneliness, the depression, and the bittersweet fleeting interactions among the alienated. Intro by Miri Nakamura, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies. Co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation.
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema