Kakera: A Piece of Our Life

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Kakera: A Piece of Our Life
Film Info
Country: 
Japan
Year of Production: 
2009
Rating: 
TBC
Genre: 
Drama
Running Time: 
107 mins
Original Language: 
Japanese

Summary

Kakera: A Piece of Our Life
Dir: 
Momoko Ando
Writer: 
Momoko Ando
Cast: 
Hikari Mitsushima, Eriko Nakamura, Tasuku Nagaoka, Ken Mitsuishi, Toshie Negishi, Rino Katase
Synopsis: 

Based on the best-selling manga ‘Love Vibes’ by Erika Sakurazawa and featuring a soundtrack by James Iha, former guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins, the debut feature of Momoko Andô, is a delicately-nuanced portrait of two very different women. Haru, a college student, is frustrated by the lack of any real spark between her and her slobbish and indifferent boyfriend, who only seems to be interested in her for sex. One day, while brooding over a cappuccino in a cafe, she catches the eye of Riko. Riko joins her table and the two strike up a conversation in which she explains her job as a “medical artist”, something slightly different from a prosthetics, in that rather than create body parts that attempt to emulate the function of those lost through accident and disease, her role is to cure the psychological traumas arising from the patient’s physical deficiencies by balancing body and soul, creating parts that aesthetically make up for the loss. While Haru might be physically intact, Riko sees in her a certain emotional wanting to which she might provide a cure, and the two begin an all-encompassing relationship that draws Haru away from her dissatisfying routine and into a new and more emotionally fulfilling area of her life.

Date of Domestic Cinema Release: 
April 2nd, 2010
Crew
Producer: 
Sakura Momoyama
Production Designer: 
Yuji Kasamura
Production Company: 
Zero Pictures
Cinematography: 
Hirokazu Ishii
Music: 
James Iha, Kazushiko Yokono
Lighting: 
Masaaki Sakurai
DVD Info
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DVD Release Date: 
21st June 2010
DVD Specifications: 
Anamorphic widescreen with removable english subtitles
DVD Bonus Features: 
Interview with Momoko Ando by Midnight Eye's Jasper Sharp, Footage from the London Theatrical Premiere with director Q&A, Theatrical trailer
Recognition
Awards: 
Best Camera Award - Kinotayo Film Festival (Paris)
Festivals: 
Raindance Film Festival (London), Kinotayo Film Festival (Paris), Stockholm Film Festival
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