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CONVENIENCE STORY

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The ubiquitous Japanese convenience store – a subculture of its own (konbini) – becomes a portal to an alternate reality for Kato (Ryo Narita), a screenwriter running low on ideas and with an actress girlfriend Zigzag running out of patience with his lethargy.

Kato is in the middle of a severe slump. He submits ideas for potential movies but makes no headway whatsoever, and spends his days downhearted and distressed. When he heads out to buy “Dog Man,” food for his lover’s beloved pooch Cerberus, one thing leads to another and he stumbles into “Ideal Mart,” a convenience store where he can find everything his heart desires. There, he encounters a mysterious married woman named Keiko (Atsuko Maeda), who gets his creative juices flowing again, but…

Cue delusional, and possibly homicidal jealous husband, forest concerts for no one, a bus to the afterlife, and a couple of unlucky hitmen. Where has Kato gone? Will Zigzag find her missing boyfriend? Or her dog for that matter?

Director Satoshi Miki (ADRIFT IN TOKYO, WHAT TO DO WITH THE DEAD KAIJU?) returns with a surrealist comedy that will keep you guessing. The brainchild of writer Mark Schilling, CONVENIENCE STORY is an ode to some of the best Japanese cinema of the 2000s, and of course to the beloved ‘konbini’.

「時効警察」シリーズや『転々』『俺俺』などで独自の世界観を作り出してきた奇才、三木聡監督が、映画評論家でプロデューサーのマーク・シリングと練り上げた渾身の企画で、デビュー前から三木組への参加を熱望していた成田凌が初主演。ファムファタルな人妻を演じる前田敦子、ワーグナーの楽劇をひとり指揮するのが日課の束縛系変人夫役の六角精児はじめ、加藤の恋人で女優のジグザグをエキセントリックに演じた片山友希、三木作品の常連であるふせえりや岩松了、日本映画に欠かせない名バイプレイヤーの渋川清彦など、豪華な実力派たちが超濃厚な存在感を発揮。目眩がするような奇妙で濃密な異世界で繰り広げられるアドベンチャーが誕生した。

Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Satoshi Miki
PRODUCER(S)Akira Morishige
SCREENWRITER(S)Satoshi Miki
CASTRyo Narita, Atsuko Maeda, Seiji Rokkaku, Yuki Katayama, Eri Fuse
CINEMATOGRAPHERHaruyuki Takada

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: US PREMIERE

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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 97 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Japanese
SUBTITLES: English

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