CHASUKE’S JOURNEY | 天の茶助
North American Premiere
Running Time: 105 minutes
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Ito Ohno, Ren Ohsugi, Yusuke Iseya
Showtimes: Wednesday, July 8, 7:30pm at Walter Reade Theatre
“Nipponese helmer Sabu is in his most fun-loving element, stirring Okinawa’s magical folk art into a Capraesque yarn that flirts with ideas of fate and self-determination, but really just revels in a rich tapestry of human experience” – The Variety
“Sabu’s new film represents man’s revolt against the preordained fate that guides one’s life from birth to death.” – Screen International
Fresh from this year’s Berlinale competition, like Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire done via Japanese pop sensibility, Chasuke’s Journey follows a celestial tea server Chasuke – portrayed by versatile Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Norwegian Wood) – as he descends to Okinawa in order to save a young girl Yuri (Ito Ono) from her fate scribed by heavenly hacks who crib from Hollywood blockbusters. The writers promise to transmit signs through the rich tapestry of characters he meets along the way, but Chasuke only has until 8:50pm, at which time Yuri’s fate is sealed. A meta-narrative on cinema, creation, fate, celebrity and enjoying ramen while you can, Chasuke’s Journey is filled with loveable losers, wildly kinetic single-take running, improbable plot contrivances, and an absolute love of the moving image.
Director Sabu will attend the screening. Part of New Cinema From Japan. Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.
Image © Bandai Visual, Shochiku and Office Kitano.