JFF: Complicity

JFF: Complicity

Kei Chikaura

  • Director: Kei Chikaura
    Starring: Lu Yulai, Tatsuya Fuji, Sayo Akasaka, Kio Matsumoto
    Release Date: Mon 01 Jan 2018
  • Club
  • 116


Chen Liang is a Chinese immigrant living illegally in Japan. Struggling to make ends meet after buying an expensive fake ID and phone, a lucky break sees Liang offered a job in a soba noodle restaurant -a job that was meant to be for someone else entirely. While he initially struggles with the new job, he proves he is a hard-worker and the restaurant’s elderly chef decides to teach the newcomer how to prepare the perfect noodle. Before long, Liang is adjusting to a promising and comfortable life in a new country -but it also soon becomes clear that his secrets can’t stay hidden forever. A triumphant debut feature from Kei Chikaura, Complicityis a thoughtful and warm-hearted exploration of the experiences of one illegal immigrant in modern Japan -and also a delightful study of the joys of noodle-making. Boasting two superb lead performances -from Lu Yulai as Lliang and veteran Japanese star Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of the Senses, Bright Future) as soba chef Hiroshi -it’s also a celebration of different cultures, and what can happen when they come together.

Japanese with English subtitles.

This film is rated Club, which means it can only be attended by those who are 18 and over.

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