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A story celebrating the hidden joys and minutiae of Japanese culture.

In a deeply moving performance that won the Best Actor award at Cannes 2023, Koji Yakusho stars as Hirayama, a contemplative middle-aged man who lives a life of modesty and serenity, spending his days balancing his job as a dutiful caretaker of Tokyo’s numerous public toilets with his passion for music, literature and photography. As we join him on his structured daily routine, a series of unexpected encounters gradually begin to reveal a hidden past that lies behind his otherwise content and harmonious life.

Combining a refreshingly unstereotypical depiction of the Japanese capital – particularly the experience of typically unappreciated service work –with a soundtrack of iconic hits from the 60s and 80s, this is a subtle, shimmering and ultimately life-affirming marvel that champions the meditative beauty of the everyday world around us.

Spoken in Japanese with English subtitles.

Director: Wim Wenders

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano

4 Stars

"Wim Wenders’s zen Japanese drama is his best feature film in years"

Wendy Ide, The Guardian

4 Stars

"Life experience spills out of 68-year-old lead Kōji Yakusho, his performance a masterclass in nuance."

Alex Godfrey, Empire