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Her Love Boils Bathwater
(Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai, 湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)
Dir. Ryôta Nakano
2016 | 125 mins | Japan
Japanese with English Subtitles
- Wed 13 Mar: 7.30pm
Futaba (Rie Miyazawa) is a single mother struggling to make ends meet after her husband suddenly left her and the family’s bathhouse business went under. While coming to terms with her situation, she is dealt another blow when she is diagnosed with cancer; it’s terminal. Displaying the boundless strength of a loving mother, rather than lament her fate, Futaba determines to use the few months she has left to put her affairs in order and secure a stable future for her teenage daughter, Azumi (Hana Sugisaki).
With the twin aims of reconciling her splintered family and getting their bathhouse up and running again, she sets out to track her estranged husband (Joe Odagiri). Can she succeed before her time runs out?
Written and directed by up-and-comer Ryota Nakano, this heartrending family drama (and only his second feature) was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards after picking up six Japan Academy prizes, including Best Picture and Best Actress.
Enjoy a specially prepared two-course meal in our Café Bar before watching the film on Wed 13 Mar.
£15: Cinema and meal ticket
£18.95: Cinema, meal and glass of wine
Part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
People Still Call It Love: Passion, Affection And Destruction In Japanese Cinema
Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema.
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works from Japan’s artistic repertoire, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society.