Soon after, Nanami’s life spirals into a series of misfortunes. With no one to call on, she relies on Amuro. Through him, she finds new acquaintances, including a fiery actress-on-call named Mashiro.
A Bride for Rip Van Winkle plays out like a beautiful dream sequence, reflecting life in all its beauty and despair. The cast’s powerful performances and the director Shunji Iwai’s masterful storytelling draw out the complexities of personas, social expectations, and relationships. Haru Kuroki (The Great Passage, JFF 2014) stars as the titular bride.
Adapted from Iwai’s novel by the same name, the original three-hour Director’s Cut will be screened.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
Nanami is a timid teacher working in Tokyo, whose only solace comes through her interactions on social media. She decides to tie the knot with a man she’s met online, but while planning the wedding guest list, she realises how few meaningful relationships she possesses. In desperation, she pays a hefty fee to Amuro, an opportunistic entrepreneur who arranges actors to stand in as her family.