World Perspectives / UK premiere

Ken and Kazu (Ken to Kazu)

  • Hiroshi Shoji /
  • Japan /
  • 2015 /
  • 98 mins

Shinsuke Kato, Katsuya Maiguma, Kisetsu Fujiwara, Shuna Iijima / Fiction / Japanese

Indie Japanese crime drama at its very best.

At the beating heart of Hiroshi Shoji’s Ken and Kazu (expanded from the filmmaker’s 2011 short) is the buddy relationship – and sheer acting chemistry - between Ken (Shinsuke Kato) and his lifelong pal Kazu (Katsuya Maiguma), partners in methamphetamine smuggling. Trouble comes when Ken wants to go straight after his girlfriend’s pregnancy but Kazu decides to keep on selling without their boss’s approval. The winner of the Japanese Cinema Splash best film at the Tokyo Film Festival, it is a great example of new Japanese indie cinema. [15]

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