Birds Without Names

Birds Without Names 15 S

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2018

Kazuya Shiraishi
Sadao Abe, Masaaki Akahori, Mukku Akazawa
123 mins, Subtitled, 2017, Japan

An unstable young woman pines for the ex boyfriend who nearly beat her to death - and who has mysteriously disappeared - in this gripping tale of lust, devotion and redemption.

Towako (Yu Aoi, who can also been seen in Japanese Girls Never Die), lives with Jinji, an older man who caters for her in every way, but doesn't get anything else back in return. Despite Jinji's devotion, she still carries a torch for her violent ex, so calls him on a whim, only to discover he's been missing for eight years - ever since the day he nearly beat her to death. As she searches for answers and wary of his tendency to stalk her during her frequent trysts, Towako suspects Jinji may know more about her ex's disappearance than he lets on...

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