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FLOWER / 水の花
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2005 PFF Partners
PFF A Stranger of Mine
PFF Water Flower
Aug Tue - 7.30pm
at the door
95 min, Colour, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles, PG
Directed by KINOSHITA
Yusuke / 木下雄介
Cast: TERASHIMA Saki, ONO Himawari, TANAKA Tetsushi,
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is a quiet junior high school student being raised by her overworked single father.
She's at the age where he's more like an alien to her than a person. The situation
is exacerbated when he comes home drunk one night and tries to climb on top of
her. Minako's mother deserted them for another man when Minako was a child. Now
working as a hostess, she has little time for her own six year-old daughter, Yu,
Minako's half sister. Both girls are yearning for their mother's love. Minako
runs into Yu at a game center in the mall and proposes they take a trip. She changes
out of her school uniform and into adult clothes and the pair hops on an overnight
bus out of the city, headed for their grandparents' home by the sea. It gets dark
and both parents start to panic.watch the other films in this Focus
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Berlin International Film Festival
About the director: Born in Tokyo, 1981, he took an interest
in making films during high school. He was part of a filmmaking circle at the
prestigious Waseda University where he began making short films. His short video,
BIRDCAGE (2002), which depicted a boy's emotional journey to find his mother,
won both the Runner-up Prize and Audience Award at Pia Film Festival 2003; the
film was also highly praised by one of the jurors, Kawase Naomi.
Notes: Sensitive film made more brilliant as it's the director's first feature.
In working with non-professional child actors, this film's pace is assured and
knows when is enough.
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