MIXED DOUBLES (ミックス。)

Directed by: Junichi Ishikawa 2018 | 119 min.

Section: HIFF Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Comedy, Sports


Synopsis

In the vein of great table tennis comedies such as PING PONG, comes MIXED DOUBLES! A funny and heartwarming romantic comedy from Japanese director Junichi Ishikawa. When Tamako Tomita was little she was a table tennis prodigy, forced to practice endlessly by her ping pong obsessed mother. But when her mother passes away Tamako vows to leave table tennis behind forever.

Flash forward, and Tamako is a 28 year old office worker dating the cutest guy in the office Akihiko, who happens to be quite the table tennis whiz himself. But when Akihiko cheats on Tamako and leaves her for another pro on his table tennis team, Tamako may have to pick up the paddle once again to defend her honor.

Retreating to the countryside to drown her miseries, Tamako brings together a rag-tag group of amatuer wannabe players, and concocts a wild scheme for payback. Featuring star performances by Yui Aragaki (HANAMIZUKI) as Tamako, and Hisashi Hagiwara (AZUMI, MEMORIES OF MATSUKO) as Tamako’s disgruntled ping pong partner, and a rousing supporting cast with the likes of Ryoko Hirosue and Yu Aoi, MIXED DOUBLES is one of the funniest sports dramas of the year!

-Anna Page

Screenings

Sunday, April 08 8:00 PM Dole A Date Passed
Saturday, April 14 8:30 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Junichi Ishikawa
Screenwriter Ryota Kosawa
Producer Hiroaki Narikawa, Kei Kajimoto, Shinya Furugori
Cast Yui Aragaki, Eita, Koji Seto, Ryoko Hirosue,Yu Aoi, Kenichi Endo
Cinematographer Akira Sako
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