A Double Life (二重生活)




© 2016 "A Double Life" Film Partners

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.

Year: 2016

Length: 126

Format: DCP colour

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Audience warning: This film contains very mild sexual content and mild themes.

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Drama




Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - Event Cinemas George Street - sydney
Concluded - ACMI - melbourne



Cast & Crew

Yoshiyuki Kishi/
Hiromitsu Sugita/
Original Story
Mariko Koike/
Yoshiyuki Kishi/
Taro Iwashiro/
Mugi Kadowaki/
Hiroki Hasegawa/
Masaki Suda/
Lily Franky/