Suffering from population decline, the small seaside town of Uobuka decides to welcome 6 strangers into the community. A malevolent fishing boat operator (Kazuki Kitamura, THERMAE ROMAE, NEKO SAMURAI), a sexy caregiver, a frightening launderer, a timid barber, a methodical cleaning woman (Mikako Ichikawa, MEMORIES OF MATSUKO, RENT-A-CAT), and a simple-minded deliveryman (Ryuhei Matsuda, BEFORE WE VANISH, THE GREAT PASSAGE) are all brought together by this mysterious government-sponsored program. Even Tsukisue, the young city official put in charge of the program, has no idea why they’ve been brought to town.
But when the truth comes out about the six strangers’ mysterious past and a body is discovered in the harbor, Tsukise begins to suspect the motley crew of foul play. Part black comedy, part murder mystery thriller the latest from Daihachi Yoshida (also director of A BEAUTIFUL STAR in the Festival this year, as well as HIFF favorite FUNUKE, SHOW SOME LOVE YOU LOSERS!) perfectly blends humor and suspense. Don’t let the name fool you, with a star-studded ensemble cast, THE SCYTHIAN LAMB is one of the most enjoyable films at HIFF 2017.
Synopsis written by: Anna Page