Chen Liang (Lu Yulai), a young Chinese immigrant illegally living in Japan, buys a fake ID and cell phone on the black market. When he receives a call about a job, he blindly accepts the offer. Chen, now assuming the identity of Liu Wei, ends up working as an apprentice in a family-run soba restaurant. As he acclimates to his new life, he forms a strong bond with his sagely mentor (Tatsuya Fuji, In the Realm of the Senses) and finds happiness in a budding romance with a local artist, but the constant threat of deportation looms large over him.
“Kei Chikaura’s debut feature is a beautiful study of the human condition and our search for connections despite cultural differences.” (Daily Record) COMPLICITY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, before going on to play in Busan and Berlin.
DIRECTED BY KEI CHIKAURA
JAPAN, CHINA, FRANCE | 2018 | JAPANESE AND MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES