Night’s Tightrope is a dark coming-of-age story based upon the novel Shoujo by Kanae Minato. Director Yukiko Mishima uses poetic visuals to spin a narrative wherein no action is left without a consequence.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Budding writer Yuki has always looked out for her friend, Atsuko, ever since a kendo accident left the latter traumatised and bullied at school. But when the manuscript for Yuki’s first novel is plagiarised, she becomes withdrawn and fixated on mortality. Unbeknownst to her, Atsuko starts volunteering at a nursing home hoping that witnessing death will stop her from taking her own life.