Season VI Soft Opening


Japan | 2017 | In Japanese w/English subs | Genre: Family Drama | Chicago Premiere

Directed by:  Naoko Ogigami

Starring:  Toma Ikuta, Rinka Kakihara, Kenta Kiritani

Monday, March 5, 2018, 8 PM (one screening only) at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601

Film Source:  Nikkatsu Corp, Tokyo

Guest Speaker:  Japan Times Film Critic/Reporter/author - Mark Schilling in person!

This film is our first co-presentation with the Gene Siskel Film Center.  A special APUC discount @$7 is available if you purchase the tickets in person at the box office of the film center.  Please click here for more info about ticketing and box office opening hours.  


"As the story begins, 11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) is living with her negligent mom (single-named Mimura), who feeds her on convenience-store rice balls and vanishes for days at a time. Finally reaching her limit, the plucky girl finds refuge with her uncle Makio (Kenta Kiritani), a nerdy, good-hearted guy who is her mom’s younger brother. But Makio now has a live-in girlfriend, Rinko (Toma Ikuta), who Tomo immediately sizes up as different. And Rinko soon tells her why: “I was born a boy,” she says. “God made a mistake.”.... Excerpt from Mark Schilling, Japan Times.  

A warm "knitting" that recognizes unconventional family love story.  


-“Gentle, sweet-souled celebration of alternative family structures…reminiscent of Hirokazu Koreeda at his most crowd-pleasing.” — Guy Lodge, Variety
-“Sentimental but with an earnest and playfully subversive sense of humor…so moving at times that one can barely hear the sound of fresh ground being broken in Japanese cinema.” — Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage

Director's BIO

Festivals and Accolades:

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 - Teddy Jury Award ; Filmfest homochrom 2017 - Chromie Audience Award & Outstanding Fiction Feature; LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT Film Festival 2017 Jury Prize for the Best Film; Queer Lisboa - Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer 2017 - Audience Award  &  Best Feature Film; TLVFest - The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2017 - Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature and the top Audience Choice Prize at Udine Far East Fest 2017.