2008, Japan, 115m, DCP

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Screened April 28–May 4, 2023

A remarkable sophomore feature from one of today’s preeminent auteurs, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Passion, his thesis project at Tokyo University of the Arts, lays the thematic foundations for what would become his internationally renowned body of work. Already trading in his recurrent themes of contemporary alienation and unrequited desire and catalyzing what would become lasting collaborations with actors such as Fusako Urabe (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy), Passion exemplifies the wellspring of Hamaguchi’s rich and nuanced vivisection of relationships in the 21st century. Following a couple, Kaho (Aoba Kawai, also of Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy) and Tomoya (Ryuta Okamoto), whose engagement announcement among friends reveals a prior infidelity, Hamaguchi infuses the pairs subsequent reckoning and devolution with characteristic emotional clarity that culminates in a devastating finale. A Film Movement release

In Japanese with English subtitles

Official Selection: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, San Sebastián Film Festival

A film by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi