And Your Bird Can Sing

Kimi no tori wa utaeru
Japan, 2018
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Director: Shó Miyake

Cast: Tasuku Emoto, Shizuka Ishibashi, Shóta Sometani

Three of Japan’s hottest young actors — Tasuku Emoto, Shota Sometani, Shizuka Ishibashi — play friends, lovers and rivals in this Hokkaido-set youth drama by emerging filmmaker Sho Miyake.

“With a thoroughly modern and progressive outlook, Bird thrives in the transcendent joy of dancing until dawn or sharing cans of beer in the sun. Without ever cracking outright jokes, the script is a sparkling comedic goldmine and its cast’s collective physicality exudes absurdity and melancholy in equal measure.

A laissez-faire masterpiece of the highest order, Miyake’s blissful mood piece captures a feeling both immediately specific and wholly universal. Bird understands what it means to be a wayward twenty-something, thriving on the sleepy complications therein.” (Rhys Handley, oneroomwithaview)


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