Play video games with your nephew when he gets home from school, pick up junk food at the local ¥100 convenience store, and pass out reading manga. Such is the life of Ichiko Saito (played by the luminous Sakura Ando), a 32 year old living at home with her parents and recently divorced sister. When their working class home gets too small for both sisters, her mother pushes Ichiko into the world and she gets a job at the nearby konbini. She befriends a gruff amateur boxer (Hirofumi Arai), but cruel reality soon pushes her to don the gloves herself. As Derek Elley of Film Business Asia writes, “Ando triumphs in [this] quirky tale of a social misfit's transformation,” exceeding all expectations in a physical performance of absurd comedy and deep pathos.
Friday, June 19, 2015
JAPAN CUTS 2015: Check Out The Trailer For 100 YEN LOVE
The film will mark it's North American premiere during the festival on July 16 with Ando gracing the crowd for an introduction and subsequent Q&A. Check out the inital update with a link to the website for further scheduling.