Director: Yukiko Sode

124 mins, Japan, 2020, Digital, Subtitled

Hanako (the wonderful Mugi Kadowaki), in her late twenties and from the rich Haibara family, suddenly finds herself alone after breaking up with her fiancé. After a round of unsuccessful attempts at ‘arranged marriages’ thanks to her family, she meets Koichiro (Kengo Kora) who is from the class of the elite – lawyers, company presidents, and politicians. The night Koichiro proposes to her, she discovers that he is romantically involved with Miki (Kiko Mizuhara, Norwegian Wood), a small town, lower class woman, who through hard work and excellent grades got herself into an exclusive Tokyo university and works part-time as a hostess to finance her studies.

Japanese writer-director Yukiko Sode makes a sophisticated drama in this adaptation from a novel by Mariko Yamauchi (Ano Ko wa Kizoku: Tokyo Noble Girl), offering a contemporary window on Japan’s challenges of a divided social class and gender society, and patriarchal systems.

Screening as part of the East Asia Film Festival Ireland 2021, March 25th to March 28th.

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