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Directed by Leo Sato

Japan 2018 115 mins. In Japanese with subtitles

Shot on beautiful 16mm, this “humanity comedy” follows the characters and real inhabitants of Kamagasaki—an Osaka slum—as they search for a missing stolen cauldron, which is the icon for a local Yakuza clan. Director Leo Sato’s background in documentary film (working with Makoto Sato and directing his own feature documentary Nagai Park Elegy) lends a tangible sense of sincerity and a realist aesthetic to the film as he highlights, through both comedic absurdity and a delicate earnestness, a side of Japan not often seen on film.

Genres: Drama, Comedy

Appears in: Japanese Currents

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