Love and Other Cults is Eiji Uchida’s second collaboration with English producer Adam Torel of Third Window Films and aims to bridge a cultural gap by telling stories based on real life accounts from the underbelly of Japanese society. The film takes viewers on a wild ride through the backwater towns of Japan where gangsters taking advantage of delinquent youth and teenage prostitution is not shocking.
Uchida directs a cast of indie film regulars such as Hanae Kan (Pistol Opera, Bitter Honey) and first-time actors like comedian Antony. The film also marks child actors Sairi Ito (When the Curtain Rises) and Kenta Suga’s impressive foray into edgier roles. Ito, in an interview, recounts how she has never had an on-screen kiss prior to Love and Other Cults—nor has she taken her clothes off in front of the camera before!
Ito’s first foray into the limelight started out in dancing, having won junior dance competitions nationally in 2003. She first debuted as an actor on television in 2005 at the age of 11. She has since appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including the popular NHK ‘asadora’ (morning drama series) Hiyokko.
Love and Other Cults
2 Dec, 2:00pm at ACMI Federation Square (Melbourne)
Special guest Q&A with Eiji Uchida (director, scriptwriter), Sairi Ito (lead actor) and Adam Torel (producer)
This film is also screening in Sydney on 24 Nov (screening only, no Q&A).