Likened to French auteurs Eric Rohmer, Robert Bresson and acclaimed Japanese director Nagisa
Oshima, Kôji Fukada is a filmmaker known for his technical precision and study of human
character. Born 1980 in Tokyo, Japan, Fukada's first film, THE CHAIR, was released in Tokyo in 2004. He joined the Theatre Company Seinendan, which is led by Oriza Hirata, in 2005. He wrote and directed the animated film THE GRENADIERE (2006) and later shot the feature films HUMAN COMEDY IN TOKYO (2008) HOSPITALITÉ (2010), followed by AU REVOIR L'ÉTÉ (2013), which won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His drama HARMONIUM (2016) won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes. Fukada's latest film A GIRL MISSING (2019) played in competition at Locarno and was selected for the New York Film Festival.
Following his Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama HARMONIUM, director Koji Fukada returns with “another emotionally palpable tale of perception” (IONCINEMA). Ichiko (Mariko Tsutsui) is a private home nurse who has worked for the elderly matriarch of the Oisho family for years. Unexpectedly, her quiet...
After Tsuji (Win Morisaki), a floundering toy salesman, rescues Ukiyo (Kaho Tsuchimura), a mysterious woman whose car stalls on the train tracks, she inadvertently whisks him into an epic series of misadventures involving gangsters, strange interlopers, kidnapping and other sundry crimes.
Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) sees his seemingly ordinary life take an ominous turn when Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), a mysterious friend from his past, arrives unexpectedly. Recently released from prison and in need of a helping hand, Toshio gives him a job and generously takes him in to live with his wi...
The film follows the follies that ensue when a man and his wife shack up with a family that owns a printing press in their building. The husband takes it over, and the couple begin inviting a motley crew of friends.
DIRECTED BY KOJI FUKUDA
JAPAN | 2009 | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES