February 20, 2018
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Members-Only past event

Tuesday, February 20, 7 PM

This event is invitation-only. If you are interested in attending special events like this, please consider signing up for a Japan Society Membership at the Contributing Level or above. 

OH LUCY! follows Setsuko, (Shinobu Terajima, in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.”

“Terajima is irresistible in the lead role, shifting from painfully childlike vulnerability to rapier nastiness on a dime”

— Andrew Barker, Variety

“Seems to play like a standard culture clash comedy but reveals itself to run significantly deeper… has moments of genuine emotional poignancy.”

— Nikki Baughan, Screen International

OH LUCY! is scheduled to open in New York on Friday, March 2 at Landmark 57 West and Village East Cinema. This sneak preview screening was organized with the cooperation of Film Movement.

2017, 96 min., DCP, color, in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. With Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Shioli Kutsuna, Kaho Minami, Megan Mullally.

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • 7:00 pm