Movie Screening: Rent-a-Cat (2012, Naoko Ogigami)
"Cats for rent! Are you lonely? Why not rent a cat?"
Thursday, February 07, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
UCLA Melnitz 1409
Sayoko rents out cats. Every day she walks along the banks of the river towing her animals in a little handcart, with a parasol to shade her against the heat and a megaphone over her mouth, calling out "Cats for rent! Are you lonely? Why not rent a cat?" Sayoko's cat rental helps lonely people fill the emptiness in their hearts. But Sayoko is also lonely--ever since her grandmother's death she has lived with her cats in an overgrown haven in the midst of the big city where all she hears--apart from the cats' meowing--are her eccentric neighbor's insults. One day, a young man turns up from Sayoko's past. He follows her home and all at once Sayoko's life seems to fall apart...
Director: Naoko Ogigami, Writer: Naoko Ogigami, Starring: Mikako Ichikawa, Toshiko Yoshioka, Ken Mitsuishi, Genre: Drama / Comedy, 110 min.
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Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures