Happy Hour: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2015 (317 Minutes) In Japanese with English subtitles – Free and Open to the Public
Film - Feature | May 14 | 12:30-6:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Director and Filmmaker
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's "Happy Hour" (2015) is a seemingly picturesque melodrama about four women living in Kobe who quietly drift apart. A noir despair, however, cracks through its bright surface - the film seems darkened by the shadow of the 3/11 Earthquake. Hamaguchi, a filmmaker and documentarian invested in exploring "a sense of dread as everyday life continues," has created a uniquely engaging 317-minute epic. It heralds a unique cinema of quiet apocalypse, one in which his heroes loom on the edge of an oblivion that is always coming. Or, has it already arrived?
"Happy Hour" has been praised as an arrival of a major film visionary. Unprecedentedly, all four of its main actors were awarded acting prizes at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2015 and it was recently screened at MOMA.
The filmmaker will join us for a Skype Q+A.