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From Fri. Jul. 24 @ 9am to Sun. Jul. 26 @ 9pm

This gentle, whimsical comedy by director Naoko Ogigami (Kamome Shokudo, Megane) celebrates self-discovery and explores the importance of finding companionship, both human and otherwise.

Sayoko defies the stereotypical “cat lady.” Young, single, tallish and attractive, she befriends any and all stray cats. In turn, she rents out cats to lonely hearts of all kinds. Pushing her handcart of cats along the riverbank, she announces from a megaphone, “Cats for rent! If you’re lonely, rent a cat!” And finding customers is not a problem: an old lady would like to buy a pet but fears that it will outlive her; a hen-pecked father; a rental company employee hoping a cat will ease her loneliness. But ever since her grandmother’s death, Sayoko is lonely too. Until one day, when a mysterious young man from her past appears on the riverbank…



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Naoko Ogigami
Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka
Start Date
110 min


Fee: $6.99

Available on Demand: From Fri. Jul. 24 @ 9am to Sun. Jul. 26 @ 9pm

*You can make your purchase anytime between the hours noted and will be able to watch the film at your leisure. Your access to the film will be active for 48 hours upon payment.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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