Art & Design

Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers: Rent-a-Cat   (伊件正生戊)

22 November 2017, London

‘Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers’
Starts with a film at the Embassy of Japan

Rent-a-Cat   (伊件正生戊)
Directed by Naoko Ogigami / 2011 / 110min
Japanese language with English subtitles)

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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


Sayoko lives alone in a one-story, traditional Japanese house. However, she is not really alone. Everywhere in the house, there is a cat, another cat, yet another cat... Since her childhood, Sayoko has had a way with cats. She shares her house with them and spends her time, taking care of the family altar for her beloved grandmother, and operating a rent-a-cat business. “Rent-a-…Cat. Rent-a-Cat, cat, cat. Feeling lonely? I'll lend you a cat.” Every day she walks along the riverside, pulling a two-wheeled cart full of her cats.

The director, Naoko Ogigami, studied Film at the University of Southern California. After achieving commercial and critical success with Kamome Diner (2006) and Glasses (2007), her film Toilet (2010) received the 61st Rookie Award for Art Encouragement from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Her latest work, Close-Knit, was screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2017, where it won critical acclaim.


Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers’, is a film season co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC), Japan Foundation and National Film and Television School, dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years. The complete overview of the film season will be announced by Japan Foundation.


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