A Double Life


Directed by: Yoshiyuki Kishi
2016 / 126 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult


What is existence in contemporary Japan?

Screened as part of JFF 2017

A Double Life is a deeply contemplative film that examines the nature of intimacy, privacy and vulnerability in personal relationships. Yoshiyuki Kishi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, directs his first feature-length film and takes inspiration from French artist Sophie Calle’s work following strangers, where she tails people for the pleasure of following them.

Tama (Mugi Kadowaki, The Sun) is struggling to find a direction for her Philosophy thesis. Her professor (Lily Franky, After the Storm), encourages her to focus on a single subject, rather than many, and tail them without their knowledge.

She chances upon a stranger, Shiro (Hiroki Hasegawa, Shin Godzilla), at a bookstore one day and begins to follow him around as the subject of her thesis. When she discovers he’s having an affair, she becomes completely absorbed in finding out more and neglects her own relationships, including that of her boyfriend (Masaki Suda, Pink & Gray).

Shot in a voyeuristic documentary style, the audience becomes as much an accomplice to Tama’s surveillance as they are a witness to the consequences that unfold. Will you be entranced or ashamed of the words and deeds that unfold?

Winner of Best Director and Best Actress awards at the Vladivostok International Film Festival 2016. Part of the official selection at New York Asian Film Festival 2017, Raindance 2016, and Shanghai International Film Festival 2016.

Join us for a special guest Q&A with director Yoshiyuki Kishi and lead actor Mugi Kadowaki in Sydney.
Audience warning: This film contains very mild sexual content and mild themes.

Monday 18th June

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Tuesday 22nd May

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Yoshiyuki Kishi

Producer: Hiromitsu Sugita

Original Story: Mariko Koike

Screenplay: Yoshiyuki Kishi

Music: Taro Iwashiro

Cast: Mugi Kadowaki, Hiroki Hasegawa, Masaki Suda and Lily Franky

Genre: Drama

Format: DCP colour