The film follows Shinden as he searches for and convinces Shintoto to return on stage. In the process, Shinden realises his unique strengths as a budding comedian and rediscovers conviction in the path he chose.
Interspersed with pockets of humour and quirky characters, discover the world of rakugo in this heart-warming slice of life drama.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Something Like, Something Like It
In honour of their deceased Master Shinsei, Defunetei Rakugo Troupe is holding a special rakugo show (traditional Japanese sit-down comedy). However, one of their members, Shintoto, is missing and their major sponsor insists that Shintoto must perform his famous “Pop-Eyed Goldfish” routine or risk losing her support.
The responsibility of finding the absent Shintoto falls on Shinden (Kenichi Matsuyama, Norwegian Wood; Death Note) - a rakugo apprentice with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, who is too serious to succeed as a comedian.