Arata Kaizaki (Taishi Nakagawa) is a 27-year-old man full of regret and unaccomplished goals. Fresh out of graduate school, his stellar academic record immediately lands him a job in the corporate world. However, workplace conflict led him to turn in his own resignation after just three months. It’s been years since that incident, but Kaizaki is still unemployed and struggling to pay the bills.
On his way home from the pub one night, a stranger intercepts him. That stranger is Ryo Yoake (Yudai Chiba, Battle of Supreme High), a researcher in the ReLIFE Program, and he knows everything about Kaizaki. Ryo offers a dubious Kaizaki the opportunity of a lifetime: to revert back to the age of 17 and relive high school for one year. All he needs to do is take a mysterious pill and follow Ryo’s instructions.
Kaizaki must’ve been more inebriated than he thought because despite declining the offer, he wakes up different the next day. His stubble is gone and he no longer looks like a jaded 20-something. With Ryo’s guidance, Kaizaki takes a step back in time and a leap forward into a new future.
ReLIFE is a thoughtful fantasy-drama that accurately captures emotions and challenges encountered in both high school and working life. An enjoyable film regardless of whether you’re in high school, in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, or in a youthful mood.
Year: 2017 Length: 119 mins Classification rating: Recommended for ages 15+ contains moderate themes involving workplace bullying and suicide.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
This film will screen in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Screening schedule TBC.