Set in Shizuoka City in the 80s, Initiation Love tells the story of awkward and overweight Yuki Suzuki. Invited as a filler on a konpa group date, he meets the pretty and disarmingly forthright Mayu (Maeda Atsuko). After Mayu gifts him a pair of Nikes, Yuki promises to take up running and get in shape.
The newly fit and confident Yuki — who now goes by Takkun — is transferred to Tokyo, where he soon finds his allegiance to Mayu seriously tested by sophisticated coworker Miyako (Kimura Fumiko). Takkun becomes torn between the woman who made him who he is and the woman his new self wants.
Kurumi Unui’s novel was a publishing phenomenon when first released in 2004. The book was considered un-filmable until director Tsutsumi Yukihiko (Trick, 20th Century Boys) took up the challenge. He delivers a stunning, off-kilter love triangle. – JH
Director: Annie Amaya | Canada 2014 | 2:44 | No dialogue | Rated G | North York Premiere
Based on a Japanese legend, this animated short tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who unite once a year on July 7th. *This film is also part of Pulse Section’s THE WORLD’S A STAGE program
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Sushi bentos may be purchased and enjoyed prior to the screening. Sushi courtesy of Sushi Marché.
Tsutsumi Yukihiko was born in Mie Prefecture in 1955. Before starting
his own production company, Office Crescendo, he directed commercials and music promotion videos at Nihon Television. A prolific director across platforms, his work includes the Trick series, 20th Century Boys series, and The Mourner (2015).
New York Asian Film Festival 2015
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco 2015