Season VI Soft Opening


Japan | 2017 | In Japanese w/English subs | 127 min. 

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. ALSO we are offering FREE tickets for all students w/valid IDs.  Tickets need to be picked up 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.