Osanago Warerani Umare






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Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00 pm

E-Street Cinema

Osanago Warerani Umare (128 min) (2017)

Dialogue in English and Japanese, with English sub-titles

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Rena Tanaka, Sara Minami, Raiju Kamata, Miu Arai, Shingo Mizusawa, Narushi Ikeda

Director: Yukiko Mishima

http://osanago-movie.com/ (Japanese)




Kiyoshi Shigematsu, Naoki Prize winning author of “Tonbi” and “Ryusei Wagon” published a novel entitled “Osanago Warera ni Umare” (We’re Having a Baby) in 1996. The human drama explores the meaning of “family” through the complex relationships between a 44-year-old man, his ex-wife, their daughter who lives with her mother, his current wife, her children from a previous marriage, and a new child they are about to bring into the world. Haruhiko Arai, who is known for his artful depictions of romantic relationships between men and women, will write the screenplay, and Yukiko Mishima, who has cultivated a passionate young female fan base through her work in “Shiawase no Pan”(Bread of Happiness) and “Budou no Namida”(A Drop of Grapevine), will direct the film. Tadanobu Asano who won the 2016 Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor will play the lead with Rena Tanaka. He claims he took on the role because he is, in fact, in his 40’s. The film is a collaborative effort that spans generations and is expected to appeal to a wide age group. While the novel was written 20 years ago, it encourages discussion of relevant and current “family” issues such as married couples with different surnames and gay marriage.

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Director Yukiko Mishima

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Yukiko Mishima was a successful documentary director before making her narrative filmmaking debut with "Shisei: Nihohi Tsuki no Gotoku" (2009). She wrote and directed "Bread of Happiness" (2012) and "A Drop of the Grapevine" (2014), the latter of which was entered in the 38th Montreal World Film festival (FFM). "A Stitch of Life" (2015) was also released in Korea and Taiwan. "Dear Etranger" (2017) was officially entered in the Competition Section of the 41st FFM, and won Grand Prix of Special Jury Award.