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Hospitalite (Kantai)

Japan/Japanese with English subtitles (96 mins)

Western Canada Premiere! Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on them participating in community meetings, and the most exciting thing to happen is the disappearance of a pet parrot. Then one day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi's company. In return for his family's past help, Kagawa requests to move in, and Kobayashi's quiet lifestyle is quickly forgotten when Kagawa invites his Brazilian (or is she Bosnian?) wife…along with a myriad of eclectic foreign visitors to join him in the cramped apartment. The Kobayashis are comically tossed about in confusion as Kagawa and his associates run amuck in their home.

This critically-acclaimed, absurdist comedy of manners satirizes established Japanese traditions and morals, and establishes Koji Fukada as a filmmaker to watch.

Japanese with English subtitles

Producer

  • Koji Fukada

Director

  • Koji Fukada

Cast

  • Brierley Long
  • Hiroko Matsuda
  • Kanji Furutachi
  • Kumi Hyôdô
  • Tatsuya Kawamura

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