DFI Japanese Cinema Showcase at the MIA
A black comedy about a stressed out career woman who sets out on a vacation to a sparsely populated island where everybody is wearing glasses. With understated humour, the meticulously framed film observes how she learns to adapt to an almost surreal set of rules that govern the otherwise empty inn where she is staying.
About the Director
Born in 1972. After graduating from Chiba University, Naoko Ogigami went to the United States in 1994 to study film at University of Southern California. After six years, in 2000, she returned to Japan. In 2001, her short film “Hoshino-kun, Yumeno-kun” received the Best Music Award in PIA Film Festival, followed by her debut feature “Yoshino’s Barber Shop” (2003) which received a Special Mention at the Kinder Film Fest of Berlin International Film Festival 2004.
In 2006, “Kamome Diner” became a commercial and critical success. Her subsequent feature, “Glasses”(2007) also made a remarkable hit, and it received the rare reviews domestically and internationally. It was officially selected for festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival where the film received the Manfred Salzgeber Prize.
Her previous work “Toilet” (2010) received the 61st The Rookie Award of Art Encouragement from the Education Minister of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
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