Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 12

And Life Goes On (Japan) - Past Film

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An exquisite human drama and love story dedicated to everybody alive today.

Starring Bright Star Award Recipient Kasumi Arimura

Based on the original story of Yoshikazu Okada, known for his beautifully crafted human dramas, this latest work is a story of love, survival, and hope. Despite losing her parents at age three in a car accident, Toko (Kasumi Arimura, known for roles in the television series AMACHAN, manga series STROBE EDGE, and youth comedy FLYING COLORS) experiences an idyllic childhood thanks to her uncle, who raises her. She dreams of being an actress and, having had some local notoriety in her town, she is ready to take a leap of faith and travel to Tokyo to audition. But, as fate would have it, her hopes are dashed as her world and her country are turned upside down when Japan is struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. This motivates Toko to assist with aid efforts in Kesennuma where she meets volunteer organizer Kiyotaka (Kentaro Sakaguchi). While she initially senses something about Kiyotaka is amiss in the midst of their devastated surroundings, feelings of hope grow as do their feelings for one another. 

Director Sho Tsukikawa

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts as a Master of Film New Media, at where Tsukikawa learned film making under Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano. His short film THE TIME WALKER won the Jury Prize of LOUIS VUITTON Journeys Awards (2009) from juries included Wong Kar-Wai and Sofia Coppola. His other short film GOOD COMING-TORUO TO NEKO, TAMI NEKO- won the cinematic award in Music Short section of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2012. Since then he has been being actively in the entertainment industry, making TV commercials, music videos and TV dramas. His latest feature film LET ME EAT YOUR PANCREAS (2017) made a smash hit on B.O. record in Japan and released also in foreign countries. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    135 minutes
  • Country
  • Premiere
    U.S. Premiere
  • Note
    Drama, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director
    Sho Tsukikawa
  • Screenwriter
    Yoshikazu Okada
  • Cast
    Kasumi Arimura, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Jiyoung, Amane Okayama, Masato Hagiwara, Ken Mitsuishi, Kaho Minami