February 2023

Join the film committee

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Join us on Monday, February 6 at 6 pm for a sneak preview screening of Daishi Matsunaga’s heralded new film, Egoist, inspired by the semi-autobiographical novel by Makoto Takayama. The first Japanese production to involve an LGBTQ+ inclusive director and an intimacy choreographer, Egoist features two of Japan’s biggest movie stars in very compromising positions. Boasting three awards-worthy performances, it is suffused with delicacy and naturalism, completely sidestepping melodrama in its beautifully humanist depiction of LGBTQ+ and maternal relationships. Ryohei Suzuki sparkles with elegance, taste and personal charm as the protagonist, Kosuke. A wealthy fashion magazine editor with a close circle of artistic, bon vivant friends, Kosuke is surprised to find himself falling so quickly for his new personal trainer, Ryuta (Hio Miyazawa). A financially strapped high-school dropout, Ryuta juggles a number of jobs to support his doting single mother, Taeko (Sawako Agawa – a revelation in the role). The director will be joined by Miyazawa for the Q&A session after the screening. (Egoist, Japan, 2022, 120 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles).

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Karen Severns is chair of the FCCJ Film Committee