Amiko

  • 104'
  • Japan
  • 2022

Amiko isn’t like other children. Her endless energy and curious eccentricities make her an outcast at school and get her in trouble at home. When a painful family loss disrupts her seemingly idyllic seaside life, her sense of isolation intensifies, yet it doesn’t stop Amiko from inviting people into her world.

Morii Yusuke’s directorial debut is a confident and compassionate story about a child’s imagination. The film balances sorrow with joy and harsh lessons with naive delight – much like growing up. Crucially, Amiko never forgets who is at the centre of the story. The wry humour and detailed compositions of small-town Japan, as well as the film’s hopeful tenor, are reminiscent of Ogigami Naoko or Kore-eda Hirokazu’s works. The gentle and languorous atmosphere is enriched by a score from upcoming folk star Ichiko Aoba.

Kana Osawa delivers an exquisite, force-of-nature performance as young Amiko. Effortlessly natural, her commanding presence and vitality carry great weight whilst ensuring the film never falls into despair. Amiko’s unbeaten spirit in the face of tired adults and uncooperative classmates lets us go through the pain, as well as experience flashes of mischievous whimsy, alongside a spiriting musical sequence that will ensure you’ll never listen to a conga drum the same way.

 

Jessica McGoff

  • 104'
  • Japan
  • 2022
Director
Morii Yusuke
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
104'
Medium
DCP
Original title
こちらあみ子
Language
Japanese
Producers
Kondo Takahiko, Nambu Michitoshi, IIzuka Kaori
Sales
MoCCA (MCJ)
Screenplay
Morii Yusuke
Cinematography
Iwanaga Hiroshi
Editor
Hayano Ryo
Production Design
Ohara Kiyotaka
Sound Design
Komaki Masato, Katsumata Sakura, Shimazu Mikisuke
Music
Aoba Ichiko
Cast
Osawa Kana, Iura Arata, Ono Machiko

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Friday 27 January 2023
    Cinerama 2
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Pathé 5
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    KINO 1
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Wednesday 01 February 2023
    Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    EN subtitles
Director
Morii Yusuke
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
104'
Medium
DCP
Original title
こちらあみ子
Language
Japanese
Producers
Kondo Takahiko, Nambu Michitoshi, IIzuka Kaori
Sales
MoCCA (MCJ)
Screenplay
Morii Yusuke
Cinematography
Iwanaga Hiroshi
Editor
Hayano Ryo
Production Design
Ohara Kiyotaka
Sound Design
Komaki Masato, Katsumata Sakura, Shimazu Mikisuke
Music
Aoba Ichiko
Cast
Osawa Kana, Iura Arata, Ono Machiko