Bitter Honey – “2016 Toronto Japanese Film Festival”
Screening Partner by Creators’ Lounge
Bitter Honey (蜜のあわれ)
Runtime: 105 min / 2016
Director: Gakuryu Ishii
Starring: Ren Osugi, Fumi Nikaido, Yoko Maki, Kengo Kora, and Masatoshi Nagase
Playfully surrealistic and gorgeously photographed, this sensual literary fantasy is based on poet and novelist Saisei Muro’s 1959 masterpiece. The great poet and voluptuary – informed of approaching death by his doctor – experiences a final great firing of the imagination. He is visited by a manic pixie girl – actually a goldfish in human form – who vies for his romantic attention. Her rivals are the ghost of his past lover and a young war widow. This gleefully opaque but never-the-less engaging and breathtakingly beautiful contemplation on sex, death and literature, is like nothing you have ever seen.
Official Website and Trailer: http://mitsunoaware.com/
監督：石井岳龍 出演：大杉漣、 二階堂ふみ、真木よう子、高良健吾、 永瀬正敏
The screening will be preceded by a short performance by koto-based indie jazz-pop trio, The Jessica Stuart Few.
The Jessica Stuart Few
The internationally-touring folk-jazz recording artists offer an unprecedented take on the Japanese koto along with exceptional guitar work, great songwriting and a vocal sensibility reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.
Winners of the 2014 international Independent Music Award (IMA) for ‘Best Album’ and dubbed,
‘endlessly charismatic’, by The Globe and Mail’s Brad Wheeler, they are equally comfortable on North American college charts and the on the airwaves in Japan. The JSFew recently completed a tour of North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.
The Jessica Stuart Few Albums Released in Japan