In conjunction with the Ryusuke Hamaguchi Retrospective: The Theatre of Emotions co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Toronto and Cinema Moderne taking place in Montreal, we will be featuring three special film screenings of his films in Toronto as well. Director will be in attendance for some of the screenings. Stay tuned for more details!
Part 1 of 3 (1hr 47 min)
A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema. Happy Hour is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe. As they navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives a sudden, unexpected rift opens between that propels each to a new, richer understanding of life and love. Filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s wise, precisely observed, compulsively watchable drama of friendship and midlife awakening runs over five hours, yet the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a strategy to create a novelistic space for everyday moments to become charged with possibility that yields a subtle emotional intensity rarely possible in a standard-length film. Happy Hour is far more than just an ordinary melodrama. It is a spectacularly complex and fiercely poetic rendering of the details of daily life in which ideas and feelings are swayed by the unseen forces of friendship and love and buffeted by the weight of deception, loyalty and tradition.
Winner of awards at major international festivals—including Locarno, where stars Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara and Rira Kawamura shared the Golden Leopard for Best Actress—Happy Hour has brought new attention to the work and career of one of Japan’s most talented young directors. (2016 Kimstim)
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Writers: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara, Tomoyuki Takahashi
Cast: Hiromi Demura, Shoko Fukunaga, Rira Kawamura, Hazuki Kikuchi, Yuichiro Ito
Running Time: 5 hours 17 minutes
HAPPY HOUR Screening Schedule
Part 1: Friday May 10, 6:30 PM – Part 1 (1hr 47 min) @JFT RSVP below >