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Films & Schedules - SAWAKO DECIDES


Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2 PM (B4)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6 PM (CM)
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Sawako has been in Tokyo for five years and is currently on her fifth temp job and her fifth boyfriend. When her dad becomes ill, she returns to her hometown and takes over his freshwater clam-packing business—everyone’s dream job. An insanely deadpan ode to misfits and female empowerment, Yuya celebrates people who are pulled in unexpected directions and make the most of it. “Straight outta Japan and right into your frozen seafood section, Sawako is the most cracked coming-of-age tale you’ll ever see, complete with a rollicking company anthem celebrating the ‘lower-middle’ of society and advocating the overthrow of the government. Hikari Mitsushima’s rigorously disciplined half-shrug slacker performance effortlessly camouflages the killer instinct lying in wait behind her eyes.”—New York Asian Film Festival. (112 mins.)

Selected Filmography: To Walk Beside You (09).

Winner of the Best Film Award, Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal.

Sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Portland.


Interests: Narrative Feature, Asian.

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