Films at the Embassy of Japan

Three for the Road  やじきた道中てれすこ

Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 18:30

Free admission. Prior registration essential.

Directed by Hideyuki Hirayama / 2007 / 108 min

(Japanese language with English subtitles)

In a story set in the Edo period, Yaji lives alone in a ramshackle house, eking out a living sculpting fancy pastries.  He is in love with Okino, a popular local courtesan who he feels is beyond his reach.  However, to rouse him to action she urges him to help her escape from the pleasure quarters on the pretext that she wishes to see her dying father one last time.  Yaji agrees willingly.  At that moment a man appears outside the window, trying to hang himself.  It is Kita, Yaji’s childhood friend, and they are thus reunited in unexpected circumstances.  Kita pesters Yaji to let him join them on their impending journey as it seems the perfect way out of his predicament.  So the three of them take to the road…

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