100-Yen shops are Japan’s equivalent of dime stores, and 32-year-old Ichiko has a part-time job in one. The rest of the time she’s a work-shy slob, usually found playing video games with her nephew. But her growing interest in Kano, a low-rank boxer she sees training in a gym, sets her on a different course. She takes up boxing herself, and suddenly has a reason to get up in the morning.
Take Masaharu’s noir-flavoured breakthrough film centres on a stupendous performance by Ando Sakura as Ichiko. It offers a grungy view of Tokyo’s sub-proletariat - no-hopers, doomed romance, broken lives - but also an energising picture of a woman who manages to reinvent herself. Gritty and hard-boiled, but also funny and surprisingly sexy.

Original title
Hyakuen no koi
Filmmaker
Take Masaharu
Country
Japan
Year
2014
Medium
DCP
Length
113’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Sato Gen
Production Company
Toei Company, Ltd.
Sales
Toei Company, Ltd.
Writer
Adachi Shin
Cinematography
Nishimura Hiromitsu
Editor
Suzaki Chieko
Production Design
Shota
Sound Design
Furuya Masashi
Music
Kaida Shogo
Cast
Ando Sakura, Arai Hirofumi
Website
http://100yen-koi.jp/english