Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

Roman Porno: Japanese Erotic Cinema

Dawn of the Felines

Mesunekotachi
Japan 2017, 84’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Kazuya Shiraishi
screenplay: Kazuya Shiraishi
cinematography: Takahiro Haibara
editing: Hitomi Kato
music: Takuji Nomura
cast: Juri Ihata, Satsuki Maue, Michie, Takuma Otoo, Tomohiro Kaku, Hideaki Murata, Ken Yoshizawa, Kazuko Shirakawa
producer: Naoko Komuro, Shinichi Takahashi
production: Nikkatsu
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

awards and festivals

IFF Rotterdam 2017; Nippon Connection 2017

Film description

Neon Tokyo, crammed rooms of nightclubs, and a panorama of male fantasies shown from the perspective of three women working in the erotic industry. Widowers addicted to hikikomori computers, SM enthusiasts, and nosy journalists – the variety of clients is wide, but they are not the focus of the narration. Each heroine is a strong, complex character, each one struggles with her problems and makes difficult choices. One thing that connects them is an unnamed agreement based on solidarity and a silent understanding.

Shiraishi creates involving, reliable psychological cinema, set in a reality similar to that of the original, also combining sarcastic humor with bitter diagnoses, and seducing with its original visual form. Here sex is treated with with unassuming sincerity – it can be boring, charming, unpleasant, but also liberating. "Dawn of the Felines" is a study of emotions, and a daring diagnosis of the Japanese society in the times of online dating, complemented with captivating pictures of a bustling city.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Kazuya Shiraishi

Born in 1974, worked as an assistant to filmmakers such as Koji Wakamatsu and Isao Yukisada. He made commercials, short features, TV series and music videos. He debuted in 2009 with "Lost Paradise in Tokyo," shown at Busan IFF. For his next feature, "Koyaku," he received an award at Yokohama FF and a few nominations for the Japanese Academy Awards.

Filmography:

2009 Rosutoparadaisu in Tokyo / Lost Paradise in Tokyo

2013 Kyoaku / The Devil's Path

2015 Joshi no jiken wa taitei toilet de okorunoda

2016 Nihon de ichiban warui yatsura / No. 1 Bad Guys in Japan

2017 Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi / Birds Without Names

2017 Świt kociaków / Mesunekotachi / Dawn of the Felines

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