One Million Yen Girl
|Friday, October 14|
FREE FOR ALL!
7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series: Young Starlets of Japanese Cinemas
Presented by the Center for Asian Pacific Studies, the Institute of Cinema and Culture, UI International Programs and the Japan Foundation
Yuki Tanada takes the road movie to a completely off-the-beaten-path track, tuning into the fears and dreams of the devil-may-care freeter generation and the universal yearnings of young people with few friends and no jobs.
The film is the hopelessly endearing exile story of ne’er-do-well 21-year-old Suzuko (Aoi Yu, Hula Girl), an impossibly endearing type who is herself, somewhat hopeless, but also wise to the ways of the world and by no means dumb enough to be happy with her lot.
After a bad pick of roommate lands her a brief stay at the police station, Suzuko decides that enough is enough: she hits the road alone with a tiny suitcase, a determined but restless heart, and a mission: save ¥1 million ($10,000), go away… repeat. Hopping from place to place, she ekes out a living taking on different temp jobs. As she crosses paths with various people whose lives she changes, will love finally come her way?
Directed by Tanada Yuki
Starring Yu Aoi, Mirai Moriyama and Pierre Taki
Japanese w/English subtitles
121 min, 35 mm