Special screening and talk by International Research Center for Japanese Studies 30year anniversary
This film, which gathered public attention by four actresses who had never acted before together won the best actress award at Locarno International Film Festival, was created through the citizen participation workshop called “Improvisation Acting Workshop in Kobe”. “Happy Hour” became a 5hours17minutes-length-film, in which most of the roles were played by little-experienced actors.
Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI has always made challenging films such as “Intimacies(Shinmitsu-sa)”, a 4hours-length-movie which used students of film school for all the roles, and Tohoku Documentary Trilogy “The Sound of the Waves(Nami-no-oto)”, “Voices from the Waves(Nami-no-koe)” and “Storytellers(Utau-hito)”, a series of films that runs for more than 7 hours alltogher.
Music of Umitaro ABE who was responsible for the music in Yukio NINAGAWA stages also colors the film.
Setting four women in their late thirties as leading characters and carefully focusing their individual families, careers, and relationships, Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI perfectly expresses “ordinary” anxieties and worries of women as a tense drama.
Am I the person whom I really wanted to be? Do I fully put my real feelings into words?
Each word of them, coming out slowly and with hesitation, drives thrilling excitements.
It is a must-see film that produced a very big sensation in Locarno!
Four crossroads that four women face.
Four women, Atari, Sakurako, Mimi, and Jun, are in their late thirties and thought they were best friends who share anything with until Jun’s secret was revealed…
Sakurako, having a teenage sun, spends her ordinary life to support busy husband but feels a little loneliness.
Fumi also feels unspeakable anxiety at the superficial marital relationship with her husband who works as an editor that both never face each other.
Akari works as a nurse who was being once divorced.
She has difficult time with her incompetent younger colleague and is being approached by a man who she met at the hospital but is not in a mood.
Their uneasiness caused by knowing Jun’s secret becomes, without realizing, an opportunity for them to change their lives.
The four go to Arima Onsen and spend a fun time to have a little comfort but the three doesn’t know Jun’s hidden determination.
They question themselves in a long night.
— Am I the person who I really wanted to be?
- Yoshio SHIN
- Hiroyuki MIURA
- Yoshitaka ZAHANA
- Shuhei SHIBATA
- Hiromi DEMURA
- Hajime SAKASHO
- Tsugumi KUGAI
- Yasunobu TANABE
- Ayaka SHIBUTANI
- Shoko FUKUNAGA
- Yuichiro ITO
- Ayumu TONOI
- Reina SHIIHASHI
HATANO KOUBOU / Script
A unit formed in Kobe 2013 by film directors Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, Tadashi NOHARA and a scriptwriter Tomoyuki TAKAHASHI
Born in Tochigi in 1983. He entered the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2007, where he studied under Kiyoshi KUROSAWA. He directed "Kyoko" starring Shinobu TERAJIMA, a piece of the omnibus "Lush Life" originally written by Kotaro ISAKA. He also made a feature film "Elephant Love" starring Issei ISHIDA. He now works in Kobe after the experiences as CS program AD and a CG production manager. The public release of his latest film "talk to remember" will be at Hiroshima International Film Festival in Nov. 2015.
Born in 1985. He finished his master at Graduate School of Nihon University College of Arts in 2010. He learned script writing whie in college. Then he started his career as scriptwriter for horror OV and web drama, while joining the independent film staff at the same time. His major scripts are "Touching the skin of eeriness"（Director：Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI）, "Saigo no Inochi(Final Life)"（original novel：Fuminori NAKAMURA, Director/co-writer：Junpei MATSUMOTO）.
Yoshio KITAGAWA / Director of Photography
Born in Okayama in 1982. After he graduated from the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, he started his career as an assistant director of photography for films and commercials. He also participated in indie films as a photographer. He works with director HAMAGUCHI in Tohoku Trilogy and "Intimacies" as well. His other works as a director of photography are the short "Ookina Saifu"(2011, directed by Shin'ichi Sugita) and a feature "Joy of Man's Desiring"(2015, directed by Shin'ichi Sugita).
Umitaro ABE / Music
Born in 1978. Composer. He majored in music at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts and Troisième cycle at Université Paris 8. He is often in charge of Yukio NINAGAWA's theatrical music since 2008, along with other dramas and TV programs. He composed the musical "The cat that lived a million times" choreographed by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak with Rocket Matsu in 2013 and was also a music director(restaged in 2015). The themes of "Nichiyo Bijutsukan"(NHK), "Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Shunkan"(BS Premium), "W-za kara no Shotaijo"(WOWWOW Cinema) are also his works. He has released four albums such as "Cinemashka,chika-chika cinemashka" in 2012 and "The Gardens -Chamber music for Clematis-no-Oka" in 2013.www.umitaroabe.com
Executive Producer ：Sho HARADA, Katsumi TOKUYAMA
Producer：Satoshi TAKATA, Hideyuki OKAMOTO, Tadashi NOHARA
Associate Producer：靜 健子、HAYASHI Akikiyo
Director ： Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI
screenplay ： HATANO KOBO（Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, Tadashi NOHARA, Tomoyuki TAKAHASHI）
Director of Photography ： Yoshio KITAGAWA
Sound： Izumi MATSUNO
Gaffer ： Keijiro AKIYAMA
Assistant Director ：Hidekazu TOUCHI, Toru TAKANO
Music ： Umitaro ABE
Production ： Kobe Workshop Cinema Project（NEOPA,fictive）
Publishists ： Rui SASAKI, Hideyo IWAI
濱口竜介 Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI / 監督 Director
Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi was born on Dec 16, 1978. After graduating from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Art in Aesthetics in March 2003, he had been working as an assistant directors for film and TV industry for three years. Then, Hamaguchi has studied at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts and got the degree of Master of Film in March, 2008. PASSION is his graduation work which was well-received by the professors including renowned director Kiyoshi Kurosawa and officially selected in the Zabaltegi Section of San Sebastian International Film Festival 2008 as well as Tokyo FILMeX competition. He has been constantly working on films since then. These include the Japan/Korea coproduction film THE DEPTHS (2010) screened in Tokyo FILMeX and a series of documentary Tohoku Trilogy co-directed by Ko Sakai (Sound of the Waves, Voices from the Waves and Storytellers) from 2011 to 2013. The former two of trilogy are composed by interviews of the victims of the devastating Great Japan Earthquake, and Storytellers is a documentary about research activity in Japanese regional folktales.
His recent fiction films are a feature film Intimacies (2012) and Touching the Skin of Eeriness (2013) staring Premio Marcello Mastroianni winner Shota Sometani. He is now based in Kobe and HAPPY HOUR is his first feature fiction in 3 years.
|"PASSION" (2008/HD/115min)||: Official Selection - San Sebastian International Film Festival and Tokyo Filmex|
|"I Love Thee for Good" (2009/HD/58min)||: Official Selection - Paris Cinema International Film Festival|
|"THE DEPTHS" (2010/HD/121min)||: Official Selection - Tokyo Filmex|
|"Sound of Waves" * (2011/HD/142min)||: Official Selection - 65th Locarno International Film Festival|
|"Intimacies" (2012/HD/255min)||: screening at Polepole Higashinakano|
|"Voice of the Waves Shinchi Town" * (2013/HD/103min)||: Official Selection - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival|
|"Voice of the Waves Kisenuma" * (2013/HD/109min)||: Official Selection - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival|
|"Storytellers" * (2013/HD/120min)||: Official Selection - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival|
|"Touching the Skin of Eeriness" (2013/HD/54min)|
|*Sound of Waves, Voice of Waves and Storytellers are co-directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Ko Sakai.|
予告編 | Trailer
上映中・上映予定/Now playing - New opening
|Austin, TX||Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar||Sunday, February 26, 2017|
|Seatle, WA||Northwest Film Forum||Wednesday, March 8, Friday, March 10, 2017|
|Columbus, OH||Gateway Film Center||Saturday, March 11, 2017|
|Oklahoma City, OK||Oklahoma City Museum of Art||Sunday, April 2, 2017|
|Nashville, TN||Belcourt||Sunday, April 2, 2017|
|Kyoto||Kyoto Art Theater(Nichibunken 30years aniv.)||Friday, May 26, 2017|
映画祭 FILM FESTIVAL
|Tokyo||Theater Image Forum||03-5766-0114||December 2015 - Friday, 22 January (Finished)
6 February Saturday 19 Februry Friday
|Osaka||Dainana Geijutsu Gekijo||06-6302-2073||Friday, 5 February - Saturday, 23 January 2016|
|Kyoto||Kyoto Minami-Kaikan||075-661-3993||Saturday 20, February 2016 All Night Through
Saturday 23, July 2016 All Night Through
|Miyagi||Sendai Mediatheque [ Presented by Makunohito ]||Sunday, 17 January 2016|
|Aichi||cinema skhole||052-452-6036||Saturday, 23 January - Friday, 19 February 2016|
|Kagoshima||gardens' cinema||099-222-8746||Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 January 2016|
|Fukuoka||KBC Cinema||092-751-4268||Thursday,11 February 2016
Sunday,20 March - Friday,25 March
|Yamaguchi||YCAM||083-901-2222||11 Feb, 14 Feb, 27 Feb, 27 March 2016
|Ooita||CINEMA5||097-536-4512||Saturday,13 February 2016 - Friday, 19 February|
|Saga||Theater CIEMA select||0952-27-5116||Saturday 20 Feb, Sunday, 21 Feb 2016|
|Nagano||Matsumoto CINEMA select||0263-98-4928||Sunday, 21 February 2016|
|Shizuoka||Shizuoka cine-gallery||054-250-0283||Friday, 18 - Saturday, 12 March 2016|
|Hiroshima||Yokogawa Cinema||082-231-1001||①Tuesday, 15 March 2016 – Monday, 21 March
②Friday, 1 April 2016 – Thursday 7 April
③Sunday, 1 May 2016 – Saturday, 7 May
|Yamagata||Forum Yamagata||023-632-3220||Saturday, 19 March - Friday, 25 March|
|Aichi||Kariya Nichigeki||Saturday, 19 March - Sunday, 10 April
|Kanagawa||Jack & Betty||045-243-9800||Saturday, 26 March 2016 -Friday, 8 April|
|Tokyo||Theatre Shinjuku||03-3352-1846||Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 28, 30 March - 1 April|
|Ehime||Cinema Lunatic||089-933-9240||Saturday, 2 April 2016 - Friday, 8 April|
|Hokkaido||Sapporo Plaza2.5[presented by Theater Kino]||011-231-9355||Sunday, 10 April 2016|
|Hiroshima||Cinema Onomichi||0848-24-8222||Saturday, 23 April 2016 - Friday, 29 April|
|Niigata||Niigata Shimin-eigakan Cine-Wind||025-243-5530||Saturday, 30 April - Friday, 6 May|
|Toyama||Forza Sogawa||076-493-8815||Saturday, 7 May - Friday, 13 May|
|Ishikawa||Cine Monde||076-220-5007||Saturday, 7 May - Friday, 13 May|
|Tokyo||Shin Bungeiza||03-3971-9422||Friday, 27 May - Sunday, 29 May|
|Tokyo||Cinema Omori||03-3762-6000||Friday, 4 June - Saturday, 17 June|
|Tokyo||Bellve Hall [presented by TAMA CINEMA FORUM]||080-5450-7204||Saturday, 11 June|
|Chiba||Kinema Junpo Theater||04-7141-7238||Saturday, 9 July - Friday, 15 July|
|NYC||MoMA||Wednesday, 24 Aug. - Tuesday, 30 Aug.|
|Seoul||시네마테크 KOFA||Tuesday, 6 Sep., Friday, 9 Sep. 2016|
|New Haven, CT||Yale University||Friday, 16 Sep. 2016|
|Bangkok||BACC||Saturday, 24 Sep. 2016|
|Hyogo||Himeji City Culture Center||079-281-8007||Saturday, 1st October|
|Saitama||Long film theater | Saitama Triennale2016||048-829-1225||Friday, 7 October|
|Yamanashi||Theater Isawa||055-262-4674||Saturday, 9 July - Friday, 22 July(finished)
Oct. 22〜Nov. 11
|Cambridge, MA||Harvard Film Archive||Saturday, 12 November|
|Princeton, NZ||Princeton University||(609) 258-3000||Monday, Dec.5〜Dec.6|
|Tokyo||Pole Pole Higashinakano||03-3371-0088||Saturday, Dec.12〜Dec.28|
|Osaka||Cine Nouveau||06-6582-1416||Saturday, Dec.17〜Dec.30|
|Hyogo||Motomachi Eigakan||078-366-2636||Friday, 1 January 2016 - Saturday, 5 December 2015(Finished)
23, 25, 28 April
24 - 30 Dec.
|Kyoto||Rissei Cinema||080-3842-5398||Friday, 19 - Saturday, 6 February 2016
Dec. 24 - Jan. 6
|Queens, NY||Museum of the Moving Image||Saturday, December 31 2016|
|Cleveland, OH||Cleveland Cinematheque||Sunday, January 15 2017|
|Ann Arbor, MI||Univ. of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies||Friday, January 20 2017|
|Chicago, IL||Gene Siskel Film Center||Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday Feb. 4 2017|
|Niigata||Takada Sekaikan||025-520-7626||Saturday, Feb. 4, 5 2017|
|Bloomington, IN||The Ryder||February 4 - February 13, 2017|