Japanese Girls Never Die

Matsui Daigo

IFFR 2017

A Band Apart

  • 100'
  • Japan
  • 2016

Three faces of Japanese young womanhood, three levels of representation: first, there is Haruki, a 28-year old, unmarried, bored office worker stuck at home with her parents. Her apparent vanishing energises the bubbly 20-year old Aina and her street artist friends, who spread Haruki’s face all over the city’s walls, Warhol-style, escalating to media attention that overwhelms them. And finally, a gang of cool, anonymous teenage girls randomly attacking men in the streets at night.
Adapting a 2013 novel by Mariko Yamauchi, actor-turned-director Matsui Daigo blends these three storylines in a dazzling mix of romantic comedy, documentary and outbursts of pop violence. Shifting between timelines and storylines, between the grounded world of Haruki and the fantasy world of girl guerrillas, Japanese Girls Never Die nevertheless remains focused on one aim: standing against misogyny, women’s exploitation, sexualisation and patriarchy with fun, introspection and fury.

Director
Matsui Daigo
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Azumi Haruko Ha Yukuefumei
Language
Japanese
Producer
Edami Yoko / Nippon Television AX-ON
Production Company
Nippon Television AX-ON
Sales
The Klockworx co., ltd
Screenplay
Setoyama Misaki
Cinematography
Shioya Hiroki
Editor
Obara Satoko
Production Design
Takahashi Tatsuya
Sound Design
Yano Masato, Kaku Akihiko
Music
Roy Tamaki
Cast
Aoi Yu, Takahata Mitsuki, Kase Ryo, Ishizaki Huey, Hayama Shôno, Taiga
Website
http://azumiharuko.com