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Japanese "Hospitalite"­ - Brilliant storytelling [and] undeniable artistry!











“Brilliant storytelling [and] undeniable artistry!”
– Chris Cabin, Slant

“A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick.”
-Ronnie Scheib, Variety


Ticket: $8 including tax


Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on their participation in community meetings, and the most exciting thing that ever happens is the disappearance of a pet parrot. But one day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi’s company. In return for his family’s past assistance, Kagawa asks to move in. Kobayashi’s quiet lifestyle is quickly forgotten when Kagawa invites his Brazilian (or is she Bosnian?) wife and a string of eclectic foreign visitors to join him in the cramped apartment. The Kobayashis are tossed about in comic confusion as Kagawa and his associates run amuck in their home. With the help of his visitors, Kagawa manages to reveal old secrets and stir up the monotony of Mikio’s former life with blackmail, love affairs, and rampant youthful partying.


2011     Best Independent Debut, TOKYO International Film Festival
2011     Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival
2011     New Directors / New Films
2011     San Francisco Int’l Film Festival
2011     Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival

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