Asian Pop-Up Cinema - Season 15 Virtual

Struggling Man 私はいったい、何と闘っているのか (Japan)

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International Premiere

Japan | Drama/Comedy | 2021 | 114 minutes

In Japanese w/English subtitles

Director: Toshio Lee

Starring: Ken Yasuda, Eiko Koike

Film Source: Nikkatsu Films


Haruo Izawa is forty-five years old and the floor chief of the local grocery store “Umeya”. He is highly trusted by store manager Ueda and the part-time staff and the Ohara branch is the only place where he has worked for twenty-five years. Although he says that he doesn’t fit to be a store manager, he is still concerned about human resources and career advancement. That’s why Ueda’s praised "command center" represent the accomplishments that he cherishes. In addition, he is also husband to his wife Ritsuko, and the father of two daughters and a son, Koume, Kanako, and Ryota, who live at home.


Humor and pathos are said to be only a fine line, but Haruo’s fruitless actions of paying attention to the human relationships and atmosphere and overthinking never stop. Where is this middle-aged man’s turmoil going?

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  • Runtime
    114 minutes
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  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Toshio Lee
  • Cast
    Ken Yasuda, Eiko Koike