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Rent-a-Cat || レンタネコ || Free Japanese Film Screening

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Embassy of Japan

101-104 Piccadilly

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W1J 7JT

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Sayako has found a solution to help fill the emptiness in lonely people’s hearts: she rents out cats. But Sayako is also lonely herself. As we see her tow her furry merchandise in a handcart along the river bank, aspiring to change her customers’ lives one cat at a time, we will realize it is she who needs them the most.

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Directed by Naoko Ogigami / 2011 / 110min (Japanese language with English subtitles)


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Sayoko lives alone in a one-story, traditional Japanese house. However, she is not really alone. Everywhere in the house, there is a cat, another cat, yet another cat... Since her childhood, Sayoko has had a way with cats. She shares her house with them and spends her time, taking care of the family altar for her beloved grandmother, and operating a rent-a-cat business. “Rent-a-…Cat. Rent-a-Cat, cat, cat. Feeling lonely? I'll lend you a cat.” Every day she walks along the riverside, pulling a two-wheeled cart full of her cats.

The director, Naoko Ogigami, studied Film at the University of Southern California. After achieving commercial and critical success with Kamome Diner (2006) and Glasses (2007), her film Toilet (2010) received the 61st Rookie Award for Art Encouragement from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Her latest work, Close-Knit, was screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2017, where it won critical acclaim.

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This film is presented as part of the series:
Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers’

The film season is co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC), Japan Foundation and National Film and Television School, and is 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. The complete overview of the film season can be seen at the Japan Foundation website.

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