Riding on the success of his 2010 film Sawako Decides, director Yuya Ishii has a new film with a similar “female name plus verb” title, Mitsuko Delivers, hitting UK theaters in mid-May courtesy of Third Window Films. The film will screen at the ICA in London as well as other regional theaters.
A comedy, Mitsuko Delivers is about the titular Mitsuko (Riisa Naka), who is in her ninth month of pregnancy. Her parents (Miyako Takeuchi and Shiro Namiki) think that she’s in California with the baby’s GI father, and she’s happy to leave them in ignorance. But she’s actually back in Tokyo, broke and friendless. So she has her flat cleared, gets into a taxi she can’t pay for, and follows a cloud back to the little working-class alley where she grew up. The place is pretty run-down and depressed these days, but Mitsuko’s can-do, bull-in-a-china-shop attitude soon shakes everyone up. There’s so much to do, but so little time before she goes into labor.
Check out the trailer just below the bump: