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Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival

Birds Without Names

Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi
Japan 2017, 123’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Kazuya Shiraishi
screenplay: Taeko Asano (na podst. powieści Mahokaru Numaty)
cinematography: Takahiro Hashibara
editing: Hitomi Kato
music: Takashi Omama
cast: Yu Aoi, Sadao Abe, Tori Matsuzaka, Yutaka Takenouchi, Eri Murakawa, Shu Nakajima
producer: Kazumi Fikase, Akihisa Yamamoto, Noriko Nishiguchi
production: C&I Entertainment
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Award of the Japanese Academy 2017 – Best Actress; Asian Film Awards 2018 – Best Actress (Nominee); Toronto IFF 2017 ; San Diego Asian FF 2017; Busan IFF 2017

Film description

Towako is not a nice girl. Everything irritates her, she gets hysterical in a blink of an eye, she is cruel to her partner, who not only stands her viciousness, but also provides for her. Meanwhile, a new man appears on the horizon, and the woman follows him blindly – perhaps because he reminds her of someone from her past?

This adaptation of a novel by one of the most popular contemporary Japanese writers is a subversive drama, balancing on the border of a psychological thriller. The story of a toxic romance undermines the conventional boundaries of male and female characters, leaning towards dark emotions and dangerous impulses. Yu Aoi, the Japanese audience's sweetheart, famous for playing delicate, shy girls, proves herself in a radically different role. Her character is far from being likable, and yet it is impossible to take your eyes off of her. The story of desire, submissiveness, and revenge reminds the critics of tropes known from the films of Park Chan-wook and Tetsuya Nakashima, where love always goes hand in hand with madness, and the sheer intensity of emotions shuts down rational actions.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Kazuya Shiraishi

Born in 1974, worked as an assistant to filmmakers, including Koji Wakamatsu. He made commercials, short films, TV series, and music videos. His debut was the 2009 "Lost Paradise in Tokyo," screened at Busan IFF. His next film, "Koyaku," brought him an award at the festival in Yokohama and several Japanese Film Academy nominations.

Selected 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

2018 Kew wilków / Koro no chi / The Blood of Wolves

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