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And Your Bird Can Sing

Kimi no tori wa utaeru
dir. Sho Miyake
Japan 2018, 106’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Tokyo IFF 2018 Berlin IFF 2019 Hong Kong IFF 2019 Nippon Connection FF 2019 Japan Cuts 2019
Japan 2018
Duration: 106’
director: Sho Miyake
screenplay: Sho Miyake
cinematography: Hidetoshi Shinomiya
editing: Sho Miyake
music: Hi'Spec
cast: Shota Sometani, Shizuka Ishibashi, Tasuku Emoto
producer: Kazuhiro Sugawara
production: Cinema Iris, Pigdom
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

Boku, who sometimes loses the grip of reality, works in a bookshop with Sachiko, who does not really care to hide the love affair she is having with her boss. Shizuo is unsuccessfully looking for a job under the pressure of his emotionally instable mother. In their drift through life the characters will be brought together by furtive glances, failed dates, a pinch of spleen and the flickering air of all the sleepless nights.

In an honest and subtle way the director tells the story of an emotional triangle of young people who cannot take life into their own hands and for different reasons are afraid of engagement in serious relationships. The melancholic mood of this superbly photographed film hides a difficult diagnosis of the condition of young adults’ generation in Japan. The stars of Japanese independent cinema who appear among the non-numerous cast use temperate acting to render the nuances of complex relations between the characters. Another (after "The Light Shines Only There" by Mipo Oh) film adaptation of Yasushi Sato’s novels of the trilogy set in the harbour city of Hakodate, where emotions, rather than burst, vibrate in the slow rhythm of club music beats in the last lights of summer sun.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Sho Miyake

Born in 1984 in Sapporo, he studied at Tokyo Film School. A director of short films, whose feature debut "Playback" had its premiere at the festival in Locarno. "And Your Bird Can Sing" was shown at film festivals, including Tokyo, Berlin and Hong Kong.


2012 Playback
2014 The Cockpit (dok.)
2017 The Courier / Misshi to bannin (kr. m.)
2018 And Your Bird Can Sing / Kimi no tori wa utaeru

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