Au Revoir l’été (Hotori no Sakuko)

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

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.

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

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Edinburgh International Film Festival: 24 & 26 June 2014

London, The Horse Hospital: 24 Apr 2015

London, The Proud Archivist: 28 Apr 2015

Bristol, Cube Cinema: 7 May 2015

London, Hackney Picturehouse: 10 May 2015

Oxford, The Ultimate Picture Palace: 30 May/2 Jun 2015

London, Regent Street Cinema: 6 Jul 2015

Edinburgh Filmhouse: 11-12 Aug 2015

★★★★ 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

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.