SLICE OF LIFE
And Your Bird Can Sing
Directed by: Sho Miyake
Length: 106 minutes
Classification rating: Unclassified 15+ (under 15s must be accompanied by an adult)
Screens in: Coffs Harbour
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
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
Monday 4th October • 14:00
Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour