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JAPAN: A STORY OF LOVE AND HATE (2008) - Sean McAllister Retrospective


  • year. 2008

  • country. UK

  • run-time. 60min

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Weekend pass for all four Sean McAllister films - £21.50

Doors 1.30PM

Film 2PM

Naoki used to have it all: a marriage, his own business, a six-bedroom house, a shiny BMW. But then Japan’s economic crisis left him divorced and destitute. Now the only job he can get is a part-time role at the post office. Living in a one-room flat with a girlfriend, Yoshie, who works 15 hours a day in three jobs and relies on alcohol, cigarettes and sleeping pills to get through the week, the pair have a fractious relationship. An insight into the working poor of one of the world’s largest economies, the film is a stark document of companionship and what it means to survive.

Also showing as part of our Sean McAllister retrospective (Sat 03/11- Sun 04/11): The Reluctant Revolutionary, A Syrian Love Story, A Northern Soul + Q&A with director

Tragedy and comedy... a true and unexpected insight
— The Times
Refreshingly perceptive... an exemplary film, featuring perhaps the most eye-opening depiction of modern Japan I’ve ever seen
— The Scotsman
A film that shone with great humanity
— The Telegraph
— The Japan Times