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Her Sketchbook + director Q&A

Masaya Ozaki

We're delighted to welcome director Masaya Ozaki for an audience Q&A after the screening.

Mami rarely leaves home since she dropped out from middle school. Cooped up in her room full of books and comics, she has been escaping reality by immersing herself in copying her favourite manga illustrations. Her father, Eisuke, worries a lot about her ever since he divorced her mother, Mika.

"Shines a light on the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori (shut-ins)..."

One day, Eisuke lands Mami a part-time job as a video game tester. She accepts, thinking she can just keep to herself, until her colleague, Ryotaro, discovers her gift for drawing. By getting involved with new people, Mami tries to step out into a new world, but after years of mimicking other people’s works, she is unable to create something of her own.

Her Sketchbook is a whimsical slice of life film that follows the adventures of a hikikomori (shut-in) as she bravely steps out of her comfort zone to re-join society. The talented Mugi Kadowaki (A Double Life, Close-Knit) stars as the adorable Mami in this coming of age film that shines a light on the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori, people who have chosen to withdraw from society due to social phobia, amongst many reasons.

Her Sketchbook screens as part of The Japan Foundation Touring  Film Programme 2020. See any two films in our selection for £10!

Organised by the Japan Foundation with Major Support from Japan Airlines, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU and the Japan Centre.