In her latest film, director Yuki Tanada again examines the life of a woman struggling at the fringes of Japanese society. Aya is 34. She is bright and capable, but hobbled by an overarching passivity that robs her of control over her world. Life is something that happens to Aya, including her humble co-existence with the 54-year-old Mr. Ito in a cramped Tokyo apartment, tending to a small vegetable garden. Both work dead-end part-time jobs but enjoy a small, contented life together. Their world is turned upside down when Aya’s elderly widowed father suddenly appears at the door, suitcases in hand, after being kicked out of his son’s home. An intimate and quietly moving dramedy, My Dad and Mr. Ito boasts Tanada’s perceptive direction and three fine lead performances.
Sushi bentos courtesy of Yamato Restaurant may be purchased and enjoyed prior to the screening.
Yuki Tanada is one of Japan’s most talked-about female directors, with a string of topical movies under her belt, including Mourning Recipe (2013) and Round Trip Heart (2015).
Telluride Film Festival 2015