Art & Design

Moving   ۤ

23 June 2017, London

Moving   ۤ
Directed by Shinji Somai / 1993 / 124 min
Japanese language with English subtitles)

Friday 23 June 2017

Open 18:00 | Special talk 18:30 - 19:00 | Film starts at 19:00


Renko is in the sixth grade when her parents decide to separate. Initially she is happy about the situation, not having had any idea that they might divorce, and enjoys the fact that she now has two homes. She begins feeling uneasy when her mother tries to draw up a ‘contract’ for their life together, which asserts their independence from her father. Renko also becomes concerned about what will happen at school if her classmates find out, given that they already tease another girl whose parents have divorced. She phones up the father and asks why he and her mother cannot stay together. Renko’s boyfriend at school, Minoru, draws up a surefire plan to bring her parents back together. As a result they come to see Renko but end up arguing again. Coming up with another plan on her own, Renko prods the father’s old schoolmate to help her buy tickets and make reservations for a trip for three to Lake Biwa, where they spent the summer holiday the year before. Meeting up with Renko and his wife at the hotel, the father proposes that the three live together as they once did. But the mother gets upset at the thought. Running away from the hotel and wandering around the town, Renko runs into a strange old man, who talks to her about the need to forget the past. With her plan failing to work out as she had hoped, Renko tries to come to terms with the idea of burying the past and looking to the future.

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23 June 2017, 6.30pm
The Embassy of Japan in the UK, 101 - 104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
The Embassy of Japan in the UK