Swaying Mariko

Directed by: Koji Segawa
Japan | 65 minutes
best-film
best-screenplay
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 21st Sep 18:30
Q&A with Koji Segawa, Misa Namba

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sat 23rd Sep 15:15

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Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair. Who is Mariko? Mariko works at a batting centre. Mariko is married. Mariko has a son. Mariko is sexually harassed by her boss. Mariko is a normal woman, but in many ways she isn’t. The latest film by Koji Segawa is an intimate and often strange look into the difficulties of living in the modern, urban Japan, highlighted through Mariko and her relationships with those around her. Segawa has created a narrative with imperfect humans and no-good objects, presenting his characters as victims, perpetrators or sometimes both. The characters seem to all suffer from loneliness and have a built sense of sexual frustration. These themes in turn create an interesting and compelling account of a person who has found themselves trapped within a realm of constant paranoia and self-destruction. Swaying Mariko is a film that will fascinate with its exploration of sexuality and Mariko’s enjoyment, as influenced by her aggressive fantasies and then exemplified with her actions. Compelling and entertaining, Segawa leaves the audience begging for more. Harry Heath
Original Title
Tamayura No Mariko
Runtime
65
Cast
Chise Ushio
Keita Yamashina
Hide Miura
Hikari Goto
Tomoko Kato
Country
Japan
Director(s)
Koji Segawa
Writer(s)
Koji Segawa
Producer(s)
Hirohito Takino
Executive Producer(s)
Koji Segawa
Screening Status
International Premiere