A Beloved Wife

A Beloved Wife (Kigeki aisai monogatari) (2019)

A Beloved Wife (Kigeki aisai monogatari)first published as a programme note for The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 – Online Special The typical romantic comedy conforms to a fixed set of tropes: the meet-cute, love at first sight, a range of obstacles impeding the romance’s progress (often involving a love rival), and finally marriage…

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My Friend ‘A’ (Yūzai) (2018)

My Friend ‘A’ (Yūzai) first published as a programme note for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 When we first meet the two principal characters of Takahisa Zeze’s My Friend ‘A’ (Yūzai), they are hard to tell apart. We see them in medium shot being led by their new boss to the factory where they…