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Au Revoir l’été (Hotori no Sakuko)

Au Revoir l’été (Hotori no Sakuko)

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A film by Koji Fukada
(Japan 2013 I 126 mins I cert 12A)

Directed & Written by: Koji Fukada
Produced by: Kiki Sugino
Cast: Fumi Nikaido, Maya Suruta, Taiga, Kanji Furutachi, Kiki Sugino,
Director of Photography: Kenichi Negichi
Sound Production and Music: Jo Keita
Released: 30 January 2015

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Synopsis

Before 18 year old Sakuko starts university, she visits her aunt Mikie in a seemingly sleepy coastal Japanese town. Mikie meets up with old flame Ukichi who now manages the local love motel, whilst Sakuko gets to know a young Fukushima refugee who works there. A web of relationships evolve throughout the summer with a tone flitting between poetic teenage whimsy and raw human anxiety. New Japanese cinema meets French New Wave in a languid summery tale full of subtle complexities reminiscent in style of Eric Rohmer.

★★★★ The Guardian 

 

“There is a wonderful charm and a sensuous languor in this Japanese movie” (Peter Bradshaw,  23 April 2015)

 

★★★★ Daily Telegraph   ★★★★ The Sunday Times 

 ★★★★ Evening Standard

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About the Filmmaker

Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1980, Koji Fukada completed his first film The Chairin 2004. In 2006, he wrote and directed his second film, La Grenadière, an animation based on a short story by Honoré de Balzac.

Fukada’s last film Hospitalité (2010) enjoyed international festival success and won the Japanese Eye Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.