Thicker Than Water (15)Part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Running from
Last screening: Sunday 10 February at 1.15pm
Aged Under 26: £6
Director: Keisuke Yoshida
Starring: Masataka Kubota, Hirofumi Arai, Keiko Enoue
Gripping drama exposing the turbulent relationships between two pairs of siblings as they grapple with one another like cats and dogs – or, to be more faithful to the original Japanese title, like ‘dogs and monkeys’. Kazunari (Masataka Kubota) has his life as an upstanding office worker thrown into turmoil when his violent ex-con brother (Hirofumi Arai) unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep. Meanwhile, Yuria (Keiko Enoue), a woman portrayed as reliable but conventionally unattractive, juggles the responsibility of running the family print shop with taking care of her ailing father. Her younger sister Mako (Miwako Kakei) is a complete antithesis; charming and ditzy, she flouts all duties in favour of flirtations and impressing on everyone her status as a ‘high-profile’ actress. Entertainingly intersected at various points, the two narratives – complete with interspersed slapstick – delineate the rising tensions among the siblings which soon are ready to overflow.
The latest offering from Himeanole director, Keisuke Yoshida, this work is based on his original script and shines an expository light onto the perpetual dichotomy of sibling rivalry and filial love.
There will be a special Q&A following the screening with director Keisuke Yoshida.
There will be no trailers or adverts before this screening – the film will start at 1.15pm
Approx 103 mins
Japanese with English subtitles