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Film Screening: Death of a Japanese Salesman

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DEATH OF A JAPANESE SALESMAN | Director: Mami Sunada

6.30pm

Tomoaki Sunada was a Japanese typical sales representative working more than 40 years in the same company. After retiring, at 67 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer on the final stage. This was the miscalculation of life for a business soldier. In order to sum up his whole life and leave the message to his family, he laid on his last project, i.e. making an "ending note" by his own. Then, the "setup" of his departure was launched.
* An "Ending note" is a memorandum for the family of the deceased, like a testament without legal force.


Directed by Mami Sunada, 2011, 90 min, English subtitles
Image: © 2011 "Death of a Japanese Salesman" Production Committee

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"Based on the diary written in his final days, director Mami Sunada captures the last months of her own father’s life - a dedicated salesman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after his retirement. True to his pragmatic core, he devises to accomplish a set of tasks before his departure. Mami tracks her father’s progression from stoicism to emotional openness through straightforward conversations, practical decisions and poignant reunions, always portrayed with candor and light-hearted humour. Far from being sombre, Mami’s love letter to her father is a heartwarming documentary full of cheerfulness and affection."

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Part of the season 'Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers'

A special season dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years.

This programme will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these screenwriter-directors, whose work remains largely undiscovered outside their home country. Each with their particular style, these filmmakers have secured themselves a unique place in the Japanese film industry by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.

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