The effortlessly cool debut feature by artist and photographer Ishihara Umi, also known as UMMMI, captures the feeling of perpetual limbo that is the experience of shifting between youth and adulthood. Hikari is a mother-to-be who is becoming frustrated by her boyfriend Taro’s inability to take on responsibility. Taro’s eccentric ‘aunt’ Kyoko invites her to a party at her house, which has become a hub for young drifters who together comfort their surrogate mother who is struggling to recover from her husband’s untimely death. Hikari finds herself the only adult in the room and attracts the interest of Kyoko’s young boyfriend.

Shinomiya Yukari, in her role as Hikari, performs teen angst with such comfortable numbness she even makes uncertainty come across with clarity. Ishihara soaks the frame with melancholia as her characters drive into the night with no destination in sight.

Screenings

  • Mon 28 Jan Cinerama 4
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Tue 29 Jan Pathé 6
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Wed 30 Jan Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Thu 31 Jan Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Tickets
Filmmaker
Ishihara Umi
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Japan
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
77’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Kaneko Yu
Sales
Ishihara Umi
Writer
Ishihara Umi
Cinematography
Charlie Hillhouse
Editor
Ishihara Umi
Sound Design
Takuya Kawakami
Music
Cemetery
Cast
Takeshita Kaori, Shinomiya Yukari , Suzumura Yu, Ishida Kiyoshiro, Ishihara Momoko, Inaba Ami, Ayato Erika