International premiere

Double Life

Local title
Topeltelu
Director
Enen Yo
Country
Japan, China
Year
2022
Festival
26th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
love, betrayal, relationships, soul-searching, loneliness

In a subtle, candid, bold debut, Chinese director Enen Yo sensitively explores the unusual Japanese oddity of renting a substitute person for important events in someone’s life. Maestro Werner Herzog exposed peculiar Japanese habits and awkward services in the 2019 film “Family Romance, LLC.”, but Beijing Film Academy’s graduate Yo is much braver and dives deeper into the dangerous challenges of fake relationships. The smart and confident writer surprises us with cruel and heartrending twists in a seemingly romantic minimalist drama.

Injured former dancer Shiori is determined to attend several body touching workshops for couples, but her shy and secretive husband refuses to join in the activities of “Communicating Love”. Shiori has no other choice and follows the wicked advice of a friend: she contacts gifted freelance impersonator Junnosuke who can play the role of a loving husband according to all the desired instructions. Shiori and Junnosuke sign a long-term contract to pretend to be a happily married couple. She even rents a small apartment for extra passionate encounters after workshops and forgets that gentle Junnosuke will always do anything he is asked to do. Only it’s for money.

Is it possible to rent or buy love that has disappeared from a real marriage? What exactly is Shiori hoping to discover and experience in an absolutely fake relationship with a substitute husband who will later invoice her for every service rendered? There are no simple and easy answers in such a bizarre and rather ironic game, where a dreamy young woman is unable to accept the loss of passion in her real life, but desperately tries to reinvent herself.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Enen Yo
Screenwriter
Enen Yo
Cast
Atsuko Kikuchi, Shingo Matsuoka, Hiromi Furukawa, Hiromi Wakasa, Mai Asada
Producer
Noriyuki Kobayashi
DoP
Takumi Kohama
Composer
Haru Kawashima
Runtime
Language
Japanese
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Enen Yo

Enen Yo graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2015. She studied Japanese on her own while working, and came to Japan in 2018. After completing a one-year Japanese language program at Waseda University, she studied at Tokyo Visual Arts, Video Production course in 2019 and entered Rikkyo University Graduate School in 2020. She studied directing under Professor Kunitoshi Manda. She creates self-produced films, besides working as a film PR agent. "Double Life" is Yo’s debut feature.

Filmography
Double Life (2022)

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

2nd Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening140201 / Topeltelu
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsEnen Yo (Film Director), Hiromi Furukawa (Actor), Atsuko Kikuchi (Actress)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
6th Hall Apollo Kino Lõunakeskus, Tartu
Screening152302 / Topeltelu
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening160702 / Topeltelu
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
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