Hanako (Mugi Kadowaki ) and Miki (Kiko Mizuhara) could not be more different; while Hanako has enjoyed a privileged upbringing filled with social functions among Tokyo’s wealthy elite, Miki has had to blaze her own path – coming to the capital from a small town and building a career in event-planning.
Yet, neither woman is completely free from troubles; Hanako’s familial pressures to marry and follow oppressive conventions run in parallel to Miki’s financial problems which force her to drop out of a prestigious university.
When their paths meet over the affections of aristocratic lawyer Koichiro (Kengo Kora), both realise that there may be another path available to them. Yukiko Sode (Good Stripes) directs this elegantly distilled adaptation of Mariko Yamauchi’s novel, deconstructing modern Japanese understandings of gender, class, and the poisonous notion that “the grass is always greener on the other side”.
This film is screening at Tyneside Cinema as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 which you can learn more about here!