Sexual Drive

  • 70'
  • Japan
  • 2021

A Japanese triptych about sex, aphrodisiac foods and secret desires. Kurita appears in every part, always with a box of Chinese chestnuts under his arm. In part one, Natto, named after a traditional fermented soy bean dish, Kurita visits designer Enatsu purporting to be in an affair with the latter’s wife Masumi. In Mapo, named after Chinese tofu, Kurita asks Akane, the woman who used to bully him, to hit him with her car. The final part, Ramen, centres on the adulterous affair between married Ikeyama and Momoka.

Although Sexual Drive contains no explicit sex scenes, it is definitely an erotic film. Director Yoshida Kota’s sensual close-ups of the female leads relishing their favourite dishes with increasing arousal are reminiscent of the Japanese classic Tampopo (1985). Almost orgiastically, natto-eating Masumi asks Enatsu: “Do you want some?” A massive double entendre.

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Available to watch from home for a limited period after the premiere screening. Buy a ticket to start this programme once (on one screen) at any moment within the timeframe.

    • From Thursday 04 February 16:45Thu 04 Feb 16:45
    • to Sunday 07 February 16:45Sun 07 Feb 16:45

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  • Online
    Thursday 04 February 2021
    Online
    With live Q&A
Director
Yoshida Kota
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
70'
Medium
DCP
Language
Japanese
Producer
Goto Tsuyoshi
Production Company
SHAIKER
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Screenplay
Yoshida Kota
Cinematography
Seki Masafumi
Sound Design
Shimadzu Mikisuke, Igarashi Mouri, Komaki Masato
Music
Matsumoto Akira
Cast
Serizawa Tateto, Hashimoto Manami, Ikeda Ryo, Sato Honami, Nakamura Mukau, Takeda Rina, Shogen