Side Job.

July 22, 2018
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U.S. Premiere

Living in temporary housing following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe of March 11, 2011, Miyuki (Kumi Takiuchi, Greatful Dead) works as a clerk for Iwaki city. Her father (Ken Mitsuishi, Outrage Coda) lost his wife as well as his livelihood of farming in the disaster, and spends his days in pachinko parlours slipping further into depressive alcoholism. On weekends, under the pretense of English courses, she takes the express bus to forgetful Tokyo and adopts her alter ego as a hotel call girl. Fukushima native Ryuichi Hiroki, known for gritty romantic indies (Vibrator) and studio genre crowd pleasers (Her Granddaughter), adapts his own novel in one of the most earnest and poignant dramatic treatments of the long aftermath of 3/11.

2017. 119 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Ryuichi Hiroki. With Kumi Takiuchi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kengo Kora, Tokio Emoto, Atsushi Shinohara.

"Side Job. provides a narrative that stays true to the complex and not-always-edifying reality of life in the disaster zone."

The Japan Times

18+ This film is unrated, but is not recommended for persons younger than 18 years of age due to strong sexual content.

Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by  .

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2018

Tickets: $15/$12 seniors & students/$10 Japan Society members

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