Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 243: Fri Sep 1

Hospitalité (Fukada, 2010): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm

To celebrate the release of Love Life and further exploring the domestic space in Japanese life that lies at the heart of the BFI Southbank's Yasujirō Ozu season, the cinema looks back on three key titles so far in Kōji Fukada’s career. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A shy, middle-aged printer (Kenji Yamauchi), living in a Tokyo duplex with his grown daughter and second wife, takes in an eccentric slacker (Kanji Furutachi) as an employee and lodger, only to find the stranger inserting himself into every aspect of his life. This charming comedy begins as a very Japanese joke about limited privacy but deepens into something more ambiguous. The stranger’s motives are never made clear until the end; his behavior is irritating and occasionally malicious, yet he also wants to bring the printer out of his shell. Director Koji Fukada’s deadpan visual style recalls that of Aki Kaurismaki (Le Havre), but his direction of actors is far less mannered. He and his two leads are veterans of Tokyo’s long-running Seinendan Theater Company, and the players temper the cartoonish writing with intimate, naturalistic performances.
Ben Sachs

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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