How to Find Happiness

  • 113'
  • Japan
  • 2022

A slender, serious physician, Toshihide lives with his grandfather and their housemaid Kiyo-san, in a house-turned-clinic in a coastal town. One day, Toshihide’s aunt walks in with a young tourist, Ako, who bears a striking resemblance to the woman he has feelings for. When Ako moves into his house following issues with her hotel, Toshihide discovers that she carries a lot more baggage than fits into her luggage.

Ako’s entry into Toshihide’s life might feel like the work of fairies, but Nagasaki Shunichi’s light-footed romantic drama follows the wayward laws of human existence. How to Find Happiness doesn’t need to play up the mystery or trauma of Ako, instead laying its cards on the table. Daily life quite naturally progresses like an unpredictable cheerful sitcom, with upbeat music, warm colours, ample slapstick humour and performances stylised for falling in love.

How to Find Happiness is a work of intimacy and compassion, inspiring the letting go of romantic preoccupations and stubbornness. The cordial and benevolent attitude of the film makes a case for accepting people as they are. As well, it finds heart in the notion of home and family – even an oddball one – with a series of mouth-watering scenes of cooking, table-setting, and dining.

 

Srikanth Srinivasan

  • 113'
  • Japan
  • 2022
Director
Nagasaki Shunichi
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
113'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Itsuka, Itsumo......Itsumademo
Language
Japanese
Producers
Asako Nishikawa, Kubota Suguru, Matsuda Hiroko
Production Companies
Bandai Namco Filmworks, Office Shirous
Sales
Bandai Namco Filmworks
Screenplay
Yazawa Yumi
Cinematography
Makoto Watanabe
Editor
Abe Hirohide
Production Design
Ando Masato
Sound Design
Tsurumaki Yutaka
Music
Eto Naoko
Cast
Takasugi Mahiro

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Wednesday 01 February 2023
    Pathé 7
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Thursday 02 February 2023
    Pathé 3
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Friday 03 February 2023
    Cinerama 6
    EN subtitles
Director
Nagasaki Shunichi
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
113'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Itsuka, Itsumo......Itsumademo
Language
Japanese
Producers
Asako Nishikawa, Kubota Suguru, Matsuda Hiroko
Production Companies
Bandai Namco Filmworks, Office Shirous
Sales
Bandai Namco Filmworks
Screenplay
Yazawa Yumi
Cinematography
Makoto Watanabe
Editor
Abe Hirohide
Production Design
Ando Masato
Sound Design
Tsurumaki Yutaka
Music
Eto Naoko
Cast
Takasugi Mahiro