HAPPY HOUR
Film - International Independents Filmfest 2016

HAPPY HOUR

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Info

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Section: International Independents
Country: Japan
Year: 2015
OT: HAPPÎ AWÂ
Language: Japanese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara, Rira Kawamura
18+

Logline

HAPPY HOUR

Jun, Akari, Sakurako and Fumi, four women from Kobe in their 30s, seemingly happily settled in their lives, have to reevaluate their routines when Jun suddenly announces she’s having an affair with a younger man and wants to divorce her husband. She loses in court and subsequently disappears on her way home from a spa weekend with her girlfriends, Akari, Sakurako and Fumi have to face the fact they’re just as unhappy in their daily rat race. A portrait of a patriarchal society that suffocates women with the bonds of traditional marriage, told very calmly and poetically. The cast shared the award for best actress at Locarno.

Meet the director

HAPPY HOUR

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, born 1978, graduated from University of Tokyo as well as Tokyo Art Academy, where he studied under Kiyoshi Kurosawa and worked as assistant director. He directed documentary trilogy TOHOKU TRILOGY (2011-2013) with Ko Sakai about the victims of the 2011 earthquake – and about traditional Japanese folk tales.

Credits

Screenplay: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi,Tadashi Nohara,Tomoyuki Takahashi
Director of Photography: Yoshio Kitagawa
Composer: Umitarô Abe
Sound: Izumi Matsuno
Producer: Satoshi Takata, Hideyuki Okamoto, Tadashi Nohara
Production Company: Kobe Workshop Cinema Project LLP
Co-Production Company: Neopa Inc., Fictive