November 6, 2020
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Film – Three by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

After an impromptu late night gathering at the apartment of an attractive former classmate, a group of friends in their late 20s find themselves entangled in a series of love triangles that quickly reveal their insecurities and long suppressed resentments. Produced as Hamaguchi’s thesis project at Tokyo University of the Arts (where he studied under Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Passion is an acutely written drama about the prolonged adolescence of early adulthood and the dissonance between self and others, happiness and desire. Featuring memorable set pieces that showcase the filmmaker’s facility with scene construction, this unassuming feature film debut introduces the formation of a major film talent.

2008. 115 min. Starring Aoba Kawai, Nao Okabe, Ryuta Okamoto, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Fusako Urabe.

Part of Three by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Price: $7 for 7-day rental after purchase, with a 48-hour viewing window. 20% off for members.
Special offer: Rent all three films in this series together for $10 / $8 members.

Japan Society Film’s programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Geoff and Fumi Matters, George Gallagher, Laurel Gonsalves, James Read Levy, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, David S. Howe, and Michael Romano.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • November 6, 2020 – December 31, 2020