HOSPITALITHOSPITALITWest Coast Premiere – One Time Screening

Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on them participating in community meetings, and the most exciting thing to happen is the disappearance of a pet parrot.  But one day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi’s company.  In return for his family’s past help, Kagawa requests to move in, and  Kobayashi’s quiet lifestyle is quickly forgotten when Kagawa invites his Brazilian (or is she Bosnian?) wife and a myriad of eclectic and foreign visitors to join him in the cramped apartment.  

The Kobayashis are comically tossed about in confusion as Kagawa and his associates run amuck in their home.  Kagawa, with the help of his visitors, manages to reveal old secrets and stir up the monotony of Mikio’s former life with affairs, blackmail, and rampant youthful partying.

Writer/Director:  Koji Fukuda
Runtime:  96 min
Distributor:  Film Movement
Genre:  Comedy
Country:  Japan
Language:  Japanese w/ English subtitles
Rating:  N/R

FESTIVALS:  Hakodate Harbor Illumination Film Festival, Fukuoka International Film Festival, Kawasaki Shinyuri Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; Hong Kong International Film Festival; New Directors/New Films, USA; Festival Paris Cinéma, France; Athens Film Festival, Greece; Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada

AWARDS:  Tokyo International Film Festival, Japanese Eyes: Best Film, Best Independent Debut

“Brilliant storytelling…undeniable artistry!” – Chris Cabin, Slant

“A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick.” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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Showing with winning student film MISTFORTUNE

by Michael Kontaxis
(2.12 minutes)