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Egoist (エゴイスト)

Duration: 2h
Dates: Wed 21 Feb 2024 20:30

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When Kosuke (Ryohei Suzuki) was 14 years old, his mother died, and he spent his adolescence in a rural village, suppressing his feelings as a gay man. Now working as a fashion magazine editor in Tokyo, he crosses paths with Ryuta (Hio Miyazawa), a personal trainer and a dedicated son to his single mother. Kosuke, known for his high-end fashion and air of superiority, and Ryuta, initially bewildered, become close and finally find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. Sometimes, their moments together include Ryuta’s mother (Sawako Agawa), who evokes memories of Kosuke’s late mother. They believe their peaceful love will endure, but an unexpected twist of fate threatens their relationship when Ryuta fails to show up for a planned drive.

Based on the autobiographical novel Egoist by Makoto Takayama, known for his insightful columns, and directed by Daishi Matsunaga (Pieta in the Toilet), a previous guest of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme acclaimed for his exploration of human emotions, this film employs a documentary-style approach to delicately depict the intimate warmth between the characters and the conflicts arising from love.

Photo credit: ©2023 Makoto Takayama, Shogakukan / TokyoTheatres Co.,Inc., NIKKATSU CORPORATION,RIGHTS CUBE Inc.,ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC

Screening as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024, exploring the theme Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema.

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