New Perspectives / UK premiere

Saudade (Saudaji)

  • Katsuya Tomita /
  • Japan /
  • 2011 /
  • 167 mins

Tsuyoshi Takano, Hitoshi Ito, Dengaryu, Deejai Paweena, Ai Ozaki

The third feature film by rising young director Katsuya Tomita offers a bold look at racial tensions and economic woes in a multi-ethnic Japan rarely seen in films. Set in a small city in Yamanashi prefecture, Saudade (a Portuguese word meaning nostalgic longing) focusses on a group of disparate people struggling against marginalisation. Among them are a Japanese hip-hop singer and part-time construction worker, his Thai girlfriend, and a Japanese-Brazilian hip-hop group.

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