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DESPERATE SUNFLOWERS (嫌な女)

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Directed by: Kuroki Hitomi 2016 | 105 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: United States Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Self-discovery, Women


Synopsis

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Based on Nozomi Katsura’s bestselling 2010 novel “Iyana Onna,” veteran actress Hitomi Kuroki’s directorial debut is based on the premise of “feuding female cousins” with completely diametric personalities. If you have seen countless buddy movies starring Melissa McCarthy, you know that hijinks will ensue.

Tetsuko is straight as an arrow and is a career-driven attorney, while her more free-spirited cousin, Natsuko, is a schemer who can con the best of them. Natsuko walks into Tetsuko’s law office, and wants to hire her lawyer cousin to sue her former fiancé for breaking off their engagement. When Tetsuko dutifully investigates, she learns that Natsuko was intending to cheat the poor sap out of an apartment, a fact that Natsuko flatly denies before she sails out of Tetsuko’s life, even “neglecting” to pay her legal bill.

Afterwards, murphy’s law kicks in for the rigid Tetsuko — her husband walks out on her, her clients complain about her Vulcan-like demeanor, and even her happy-go-lucky boss scolds her for lacking a human touch. Tetsuko tries to keep her chin up, but she is drowning in quiet desperation, as her intricately planned life begins to crumble all around her. Enter the grifting Natsuko, who shows up again to enlist her cousin’s help on another suspect legal problem. You can imagine the reunion does not go well.

But, Tetsuko soon learns some life lessons from her free-spirited, swindling cousin, and is amazed that she has a midas touch on everyone she meets, even her former victims, who love her for all her faults. While, Natsuko the swindler, also learns from her cold cousin, and they both realize they have more in common than they may think.
-Anderson Le

Screenings

Friday, November 04 5:30 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Kuroki Hitomi
Producer Daisuke Fukushima, Ryuji Ichiyama, Maru Isshiki, Fumi Teranishi
Cast Yoshino Kimura, Yô Yoshida
Cinematographer Makoto Watanabe
Writer Nozomi Katsura, Masafumi Nishida