Japanese Film Festival Singapore | September 1 to 18 2016 | National Museum
 
 
BITTER HONEY  
Screening

(c)2016 Colorbird

9 Sep Fri - 8:00pm
paid admission

ISHII Gakuryu | 2016 | 105 min | English subtitles | M18ATSU CENTENNIAL

Akako, a shape-shifting goldfish in the form of a coquettish nymphet clad in diaphanous red dresses (Fumi Nikaido), naively plays the role of erotic muse and adoring pet for an aging writer seeking greatness (Ren Osugi). Things quickly get complicated for the odd couple, however, when the writer's deceased former student/lover (Yoko Maki) enters the picture as a ghost and helps Akako realize her own desires, activating her agency and frustrating the one-sided male fantasy the writer is so keen to continue. Playfully surrealistic and gorgeously photographed, this sensual literary fantasy is based on poet and novelist Saisei Muro's 1959 masterpiece.

 

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