A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

Iwai Shunji

This devastating portrait of loneliness by Iwai Shunji follows young Nanami, who recruits online strangers to act as her friends and family at her wedding. Deeply melancholic, this understated epic is a portrait of a resilient faith in humanity amid surrounding deception.

Nanami is an introverted teacher with a sweet voice. On her blog, she writes under a pseudonym about how she met Tetsuya in her hometown of Tokyo with one mouse click. Later she will marry and then divorce him. While setting the table in preparation for the wedding, it becomes obvious that Nanami has a small family. Ashamed, she hires the actor Yukimasu and his colleagues to fill the empty chairs during the ceremony.
Later these scenes are repeated, but then with Nanami herself acting the part of a relative. After this, the question keeps returning: are the people in Nanami’s life (only) playing a role? This is a metaphor for today’s Japan, where on the internet you can temporarily assume a more exuberant role. In this moving mystery story with surprising turns, Nanami ends up in the role of a maid servant in the house of the actress Mashiro, with whom she builds a special bond in their joint battle against loneliness.

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Filmmaker
Iwai Shunji
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Japan
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
180
Language
Japanese
Producer
Miyagawa Tomoyuki / Nihon Eiga Broadcasting Corp., Mizuno Aki / Rockwell Eyes, Muneyuki Kii / Toei Company, Ltd.
Production Company
Nihon Eiga Broadcasting Corp., Rockwell Eyes, Toei Company, Ltd.
Sales
Toei Company, Ltd.
Writer
Iwai Shunji
Cinematography
Kanbe Chigi
Editor
Iwai Shunji
Production Design
Heya Kyoko
Sound Design
Shintani Hiromi
Music
Kuwabara Mako
Cast
Kuroki Haru, Ayano Go, Cocco, Jibiki Go, Hara Hideko, Wada Soko, Mariya Tomoko
Website
http://rvw-bride.com/