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DANCHI (The Projects)  (団地)

 

Runtime: 103 min / 2016
Director: Junji Sakamoto
Starring:  Naomi Fujiyama, Ittoku Kishibe, Michiyo Okusu, Renji Ishibashi, Takumi Saito
Canadian Premiere

Not separating your recyclables from kitchen waste? Your domestic spats keeping the neighbours awake?  In the closely-knit environs of this typical Osaka housing project, there is little chance of hiding your personal business for the noisy neighbours. Hinako and Seiji, however, couldn’t care less. The old couple have just moved in following closure of their herbal medicine shop and are quietly rebuilding their lives after tragic loss. But when Seiji disappears, the apartment rumor mill churns: divorce, murder, dismemberment? As the story spins out of control,  a mysterious man with a parasol puts in a tall order of natural remedies, and the truth turns out to be even more fantastic than gossip.

A hilarious mix of clever dialogue, deadpan surrealism and heartwarming drama, Danchi serves up an ending you have to see to believe. Co-recipient of the Tama Movie Award for Best Film of 2016.

Official Website and Trailer: http://danchi-movie.com/

山下ヒナ子とその夫・清治は、とある事情で家業の漢方薬局を畳み、団地に引っ越してくる。そこには、自治会長の行徳と妻の君子、クレーマーで次期会長を狙う吉住に、暇を持て余した奥さま連中が暮らしていた。ある日、些細な出来事でヘソを曲げた清治が、「僕は死んだことにしてくれ」と床下に隠れてしまう。夫の姿が消えても淡々とパートに通い続けるヒナ子の言動に、隣人たちは妄想を膨らませる。さらに妙な立ち居振る舞いの青年・真城が山下家を訪ねてきて……。

監督:阪本順治   出演:藤山直美、岸部一徳、大楠道代、石橋蓮司、斎藤工