Aristocrats (12A)

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 Running from
Last event: Wednesday 16 February 2022 at 6pm
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Part of: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 19th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese films, most of which have only recently been released in Japan, and all of which intricately render their respective dark depths of the human mind. 

Directed by Sode Yukiko 
Starring: Kadowaki Mugi, Mizuhara Kiko, Kora Kengo 

Hanako (Kadowaki Mugi) and Miki (Mizuhara Kiko) come from different walks of life. While Hanako has enjoyed a privileged upbringing and a luxurious lifestyle, filled with social functions among Tokyo’s wealthy elite, Miki has had to blaze her own path, coming to the capital from a small town and building a career in event planning. Yet, neither woman can be said to be completely free from troubles; Hanako’s familial pressures to marry and follow standards of behaviour are equalled by Miki’s financial problems which force her to drop out of a prestigious university. When their paths are set on a collision course over the affections of aristocratic lawyer Koichiro (Kora Kengo), both realise that there may be another path available to them.  

Sode Yukiko (Good Stripes) directs this elegantly distilled adaptation of Yamauchi Mariko’s novel, deconstructing modern Japanese understandings of gender, class, and the idea that “the grass is always greener on the other side”.  







Approx 124 mins

Time details

15-20 mins of trailers & adverts before the screening (not included in duration)


Japanese with English subtitles