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Blue Hour

Buru awa ni buttobasu
dir. Yuko Hakota
Japan 2019, 92’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Shanghai IFF 2019 - Best Director Taipei FF 2019 Japan Cuts 2019
Japan 2019
Duration: 92’
director: Yuko Hakota
screenplay: Yuko Hakota
cinematography: Ryuto Kondo
editing: Daisuke Imai
cast: Kaho, Shim Eun-Kyung, Daichi Watanabe, Yusuke Santamaria, Daisuke Kuroda, Kyusaku Shimada, Denden, Kaho Minami
producer: Hideki Hoshino
production: Culture Entertainment
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

Sunada is a 30-year-old married woman employed at a lucrative position in advertisement industry. She sometimes drinks too much at corporate events, she begins to get bored in her marriage, and what the world expects from women is not exactly climbing the career ladder, however spectacular. She left behind a rather boring family home at the province: a spontaneous return there with a childhood friend will give har an occasion to confront her past – and not only.

The blue hour is the moment just before sunrise, when the contours of objects emerge from darkness and the reality balances on the edge of awakening, full of both electrifying anxiety and beauty. In Yuko Hakota’s vigorous debut black humour meets nostalgy and irony encounters existential reflection. Featuring the contrast between the life of Japanese province and the customs of middle-class women in Tokyo, the director avoids clichés and easy diagnoses. Her heroines present feminine types hardy found in mainstream movies: the charismatic Kaho and the Korean film star Shim Eun-kyung use their acing skills to tell a tale about different shades of loneliness and combine bustling internal energy with pressing frustration carried beneath the skin.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Yuko Hakota

Born in 1982 in Ibaraki Prefecture. Having graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts she worked for many years as a director of advertisements. "Blue Hour", shot in her city of origin, is her feature debut. The project of the film won the Jury Special Award of the Tsutaya Creators’ Program in 2016.


2019 Niebieska godzina / Buru awa ni buttobasu / Blue Hour

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