KÔHÎ JIKÔ (Café Lumière) 2003
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 20:00
KÔHÎ JIKÔ (Café Lumière)
2003, Japan / Taiwan, R, 103 min, Drama, DVD
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara
A freelance writer living in Tokyo defies social taboo by choosing life as a single mother in director Hou Hsiao-hsien's meditative tribute to acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. When Yoko announces that she is pregnant and has no intentions of marrying the father of her child, her traditional family is outraged. Though the headstrong decision made by the young mother-to-be leaves her finding little sympathy from within her family circle, a blossoming friendship with the owner of a local second-hand bookstore goes a long way in alleviating Yoko's feelings of loneliness. As Yoko begins to re-evaluate her increasingly complicated life, her newfound friend silently pines for her despite his frustrating inability to vocalize his true feelings.
* Special thanks to the program supporter Khachatur Aloyan (USA)
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