A dark comedy set in a small Tokyo neighborhood, Hospitalité is a satirical film about Japanese xenophobia and the fear of outsiders. Kobayashi Mikio lives with his young wife, daughter from a previous marriage, and newly returned sister in their inherited house that doubles as a small printing shop. Their existence is mundane and trivial, with the only recent excitement being the disappearance of their parakeet Pi-chan. When Kagawa Hanataro, a stranger who claims he has distant ties to Kobayashi’s father, winds up on their doorstep, he invites himself not only into their home, but also into their business and personal lives. His presence threatens to disrupt the peace and order of the Kobayashi household when he moves in with his mysterious, foreign wife Annabelle from Brazil, or Bosnia, or maybe someplace else. As a web of lies, secrets, and blackmail unfold, Kobayashi’s loveless marriage to the beautiful, delicate Natsuki is tested and the couple’s existence unravels as Kagawa brings guest after guest into their home. Meanwhile, the neighborhood watch and its ever-present paranoia looms over the activities at the Kobayashi residence. —Cleveland International Film Festival
Born in 1980 in Tokyo, Fukda’s first film The Chair was released in Tokyo in 2004. He joined Theatre Company Seinendan, which is led by Oriza Hirata, in 2005. He wrote and directed the animated film La Grenadière (2006) and received Soleil d’Or (Premiers films) award in the 3rd Kinotayo Film Festival. He shot the feature film Human Comedy in Tokyo which was an official selection at the Roma International Film Festival in 2009 and Paris Cinema in 2010. His latest film, HOSPITALITÉ, won Best Picture in the “Japanese Eyes” section of Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010.
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