My Man

In this Lolita-esque tale, promising young director Kumakiri (Sketches of Kaitan City) weaves an elliptical narrative centering on Hana (Fumi Nikaido), a 10-year old girl who loses everything in a tsunami and is subsequently taken in by a distant relative, twenty-something Jungo (Tadanobu Asano). The two tentatively enter into a relationship both tender and troubling—which Kumakiri handles with restraint, in a deeply poetic mode, as Hana grows into a woman and her relationship with Jungo becomes increasingly complex. Featuring a haunting, intricate score by avant-garde legend Jim O’Rourke and gorgeous visuals courtesy Ryuto Kondo (A Story of Yonosuke, The Kirishima Thing), My Man is a provocative meditation on deep, unexplainable bonds born of personal tragedy. Winner, Best Film, 2014 Moscow International Film Festival.

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Romance, Drama