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One Million Yen Girl

Hyakuman-en to nigamushi onna
Japan 2008, 121’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Yuki Tanada
screenplay: Yuki Tanada
cinematography: Kei Yasuda
editing: Ryuji Miyajima, Takashige Kikui
music: Eiko Sakurai, Ko Hirano
cast: Yu Aoi, Mirai Moriyama, Pierre Taki, Terunosuke Takezai, Ryusei Saito, Sumie Sasaki
producer: Kumi Kobata, Koko Maeda, Tadashi Tanaka
production: Nikkatsu
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Udine Far East FF 2009 – nagroda publiczności / Audience Award

Film description

Suzuko's life is not easy. She can't find a decent job, her parents force her to pay them rent, and her outrageously talented younger brother keeps teasing her. To make matters worse, the friend she planned to move in with, ditches her, and her ex-boyfriend accuses her of stealing. The girl goes to prison, and after getting out decides to change everything. To gain true independence, she gets on the road and promises herself one thing – to move every time she saves a million yen.

Yuki Tanada combines road film with a coming-of-age narrative. The stories of independent, ambitious young women are the main motif in the director's filmography, and "One Million Yen Girl" is one of her most interesting works. An unassuming, light plot takes us through different places in Japan – from the seaside to the mountains , from huge cities to tiny, depopulating villages. The charisma and charm of the lead actress, Yu Aoi, one of the best artists of the young generation, keeps the eyes glued to the screen. The character faces various problems, but also discovers her own unexpected talents and really gets to know the places she stops in. She runs away, a bit from the others, and a bit from herself - the result of this journey is not be easily foreseen.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Yuki Tanada

Born in 1975, studied at Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image. The director, author of scripts (including Miki Ninagawa's "Sakuran'). Her debut short, "Moru,"' received the main award at Pia FF in 2001. "One Million Yen Girl" brought her Japanese Director's Guild award for debutants.


2002 Moru / Guinea (kr.m.)
2003 Takada Wataru Teki / Takada Wataru: A Japanese Original (dok.)
2004 Tsuki to Cherry / Moon & Cherry
2007 Akai bunka jutaku no Hatsuko / Hatsuko's World
2008 Jakby nie było jutra / Oretachi ni asu wa naissu / Ain't No Tomorrows
2008 Dziewczyna z milionem / Hyakuman-en to nigamushi onna / One Million Yen Girl
2012 Fugainai boku wa sora o mita / The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky
2013 Shijuukunichi no reshipi / Mourning Recipe
2015 Romansu / Round Trip Heart

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