CRIME & MYSTERY
Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち )
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Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち )
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© 2017 "Birds Without Names" Film Partners

There are no limits in the pursuit of love

 

It’s a relationship as dysfunctional as they come. Towako is a despicable woman—living with a man 15 years her senior, she spends all his meagre earnings while simultaneously
treating him like a worthless slug. Jinji is a sprightly and dedicated man. Infatuated with
Towako since first laying eyes on her, he goes to great lengths to ensure her happiness,
neither expecting nor receiving gratitude in return.
Despite Jinji’s absolute devotion, Towako has no feelings for him. She constantly
reminisces about her ex-boyfriend, Shunichi, even sleeping with other men who evoke her memories of him.

On a whim one day, she calls his number once again only to be given the grim news that he’s been missing for five years. Wary of his tendency to stalk her during her frequent trysts, Towako suspects Jinji may know more than he lets on about Shunichi’s mysterious disappearance.

Fresh off the Toronto International Film Festival, Kayuza Shiraishi (Twisted Justice) skilfully brings out the intrigue and emotion in award-winning writer Mahokaru Numata’s mystery novel. Sublime performances from leads Yu Aoi (Japanese Girls Never Die, What a Wonderful Family!) and Sadao Abe (Fruits of Faith) make this visceral tale of lust, devotion and redemption one you won’t want to miss.

Look out for supporting casts Tori Matsuzaka and Yutaka Takenouchi, who both play despicable characters, a 180 degree turn compared to the good-natured characters they are often cast in.

Part of the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 Official Selection.

Year: 2017
Length: 123 mins
Classification rating: Recommended for ages 15 and over.
Audience warning: This film contains mild nudity, and moderate sexual content and violence.

This film will screen in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. Screening schedule TBC.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち )

    Saturday, 5:00 pm - 7:10 pm 2h 10' Canberra - Dendy Crime & Mystery

  • Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち )

    Friday, 8:20 pm - 10:30 pm 2h 10' Adelaide - GU Filmhouse Hindley St Crime & Mystery

  • Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち )

    Saturday, 8:00 pm - 10:10 pm 2h 10' Brisbane – Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre Crime & Mystery

 

CAST & CREW
  • Director
    Kazuya Shiraishi/
  • Producer
    Taeko Asano/
  • Executive Producer
    Makoto Fujimoto/
  • Original Story
    Mahokaru Numata/
  • Screenplay
    Mahokaru Numata/
  • Cast
    Yuu Aoi/ Sadao Abe/ Tori Matsuzaka/ Yutaka Takenouchi/ Eri Murakawa/ Masaaki Akahori/