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Perfect Days

classified PG S
Film

Until Thu 25 July

Director
Wim Wenders
Cast
Koji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano
Details
123 mins, Subtitled, 2023, Japan
Primary language
Japanese

Wim Wenders's beguiling drama is a poignant, warm-hearted portrait of a Tokyo toilet cleaner, played by Cannes Best Actor prize-winner Koji Yakusho.

Wenders (Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire) takes the writer/director to Japan to tell a story celebrating the hidden joys and minutiae of its culture. Koji Yakusho stars as Hirayama, a contemplative middle-aged man who lives a life of modesty and serenity, spending his days balancing his job as a dutiful caretaker of Tokyo’s numerous public toilets with his passion for music, literature and photography.

As we join him on his structured daily routine, a series of unexpected encounters gradually begin to reveal a hidden past that lies behind his otherwise content and harmonious life.

With a soundtrack featuring Lou Reed and Patti Smith, this Oscar®-nominated gem (it is up for Best International Feature) is a gorgeous hymn to humanity and life-affirming reflection on finding beauty in the every day.


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