Slice of Life

And Your Bird Can Sing


Directed by: Sho Miyake
2018 / 106 minutes / Unclassified 15+ (under 15s must be accompanied by an adult)

Clinging to the end of summer in Hakodate

With a contagious sense of abandon, three young adults’ lives become intimately entangled over the course of a long summer in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Enigmatic Sachiko (Shizuka Ishibashi) forms an ambiguous “no-drama” relationship with her slacker bookstore colleague (the film’s narrator, played by Tasuku Emoto) and meets his unemployed roommate, Shizuo (Shota Sometani).

While wasting away evenings together drinking, burning through their little cash, playing billiards and clubbing ‘til sunrise, a muted magnetism between Sachiko and Shizuo grows. Committing only to living in the moment, the trio drift around Hakodate—knowing, but never mentioning, that summer will eventually end.

Atmospheric and authentic, 31-year-old director Sho Miyake’s second feature film delivers superb performances by Tasuku Emoto (JFF 2018’s Dynamite Graffiti), Shota Sometani (Himizu; Parasyte) and Shizuka Ishibashi (JFF 2017’s Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue).

Screened as part of 2019
Screening as part of 2021 Satellite program

And Your Bird Can Sing screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 and Berlin International Film Festival 2019.

Monday 4th October

Bookings open 15th September

Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour

Screens in: Coffs and Harbour

Director: Sho Miyake

Producer: Hiroshi Matsui

Original Story: Yasushi Sato

Screenplay: Sho Miyake

Cast: Tasuku Emoto, Shizuka Ishibashi and Shota Sometani

Genre: Slice of Life