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Supported Program < Housen Cultural Foundation: Support for film study and production >



Director: GOKAN Hiroshi (後閑広)

2020|Japan|77min|Language: Japanese|Subtitles: English

Date Time Venue
3/9 Tue 13:20 ABC Hall
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SUZUKI Hirofumi (鈴木浩文)
FUKIKOSHI Tomomi (吹越ともみ)
KOHINATA Seiichi (小日向星一)
KINOSHITA Manaka (木下愛華)
CHI Sun (智順)

Sunflower is a 24-hour internet cafe in Tokyo that’s comfortable and reasonably-priced. It is a haven that appeals to part-timers like Gotō-san (SUZUKI Hirofumi), our protag, a 30-year-old man who lives and works there to maintain an undemanding lifestyle. As he quietly floats along on the currents of life, he interacts with other customers, blithely enjoying life and engaging in a sweet romance but the world around him is changing with redevelopment for the Olympics and a deteriorating jobs market. Gotō-san is forced to acknowledge this when the virus outbreak affects business and he is exposed to how tough it is out there.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed how precarious life is at the bottom of society and Gotō-san captures this. Ostensibly a quirky drama about an amiable guy in an internet cafe, this turns into a critique of our current capitalist hellscape via watching a Freeter’s lifestyle unravels and goes to an ending just as devastating as any apocalypse movie.

[Jason MAHER]

Director GOKAN Hiroshi (後閑広)

Director GOKAN Hiroshi (後閑広)