Directors & Producers Are All Lowlifes!
Or so says director Eiji Uchida in the tagline of his latest black comedy, Lowlife Love. We've been big fans of the director here at ScreenAnarchy since his deliciously dark comedy Greatful Dead broke out of Japan to prove a popular draw at many international film festivals last year. Having covered the campaign to get his latest off the ground back in March, we're delighted to present the trailer for the finished film on the day it's announced to play at next month's Tokyo International Film Festival.
In Lowlife Love, take a walk on the wild side of Japan's indie film making scene with good-for-nothing scum-bag Tetsuo as he attempts to stop thinking about sex for long enough to put a film together. Real-life indie favorite Kiyohiko Shibukawa (And The Mudship Sails Away, 9 Souls, Fish Story) stars as Tetsuo, heading a cast of some of Japan's finest character actors including Denden (Cold Fish, Himizu), Kinoshita Houka (Solomon's Perjury, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade) Uchida Chika (Guilty of Romance, Sad Tea) Tsuda Kanji (Juon: The Grudge, Guilty of Romance), Furutachi Kanji (Woodsman & the Rain, Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats) and many more. Here's the full synopsis:
Tetsuo (Shibukawa Kiyohiko) is a lowlife. A film director with a small indie hit many years back, yet he has never gotten any further as he refuses to go against his 'artistic integrity'.
He gets by exploiting his friend Mamoru (Hosoda Yoshihiko) & the students of his actors' school. One day two new students come to his school: Minami (Maya Okano), a naive and fresh girl from the countryside who wants to be an actress and Ken (Oshinari Shugo), a scriptwriter.
Tetsuo thinks Minami could be a real star and Ken has a brilliant script which could relaunch his career as a director, with Minami his muse. With the help of Kida (Denden), an unsavory film producer, they strive to turn this project into something tangible, but Minami's ability starts to turn the heads of other film directors such as Kano (Furutachi Kanji) and Shinjo (Tsuda Kanji), and soon Tetsuo's world stars to unravel.
Check out the trailer below, along with a suitably seedy looking Shibukawa kicking back in his grubby director's chair for the poster. For more info you can check out the film's website here
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