After a nice theatrical and festival run, which garnered “Best Film” and “Best Actress” awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Yuya Ishii’s Sawako Decides is getting a UK DVD release courtesy of Third Window Films.
Third Window’s synopsis of the film is as follows:
Sawako has lived in Tokyo for five years, is working her fifth office job, and is dating her fifth boyfriend, who is also her boss at the office. Her life with Kenichi, her boyfriend, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kayoko, feels like a “compromise,” and she endures each day feeling distressed about her career and love life.
One day, she receives word that her father, Tadao, who runs a freshwater clam processing business in her hometown, has fallen ill. There is a reason why Sawako would rather not go back home so easily, but she reluctantly decides to return at Kenichi’s insistence. But Kenichi, who had actually quit his job shortly before Sawako, uses this opportunity to come along with Sawako to her hometown with his daughter in tow.
Thus Sawako’s ordeals continue. Still, she takes over her father’s clam processing company and begins to work there, though she slowly starts to take charge of the situation and form a new life for herself.
Described by our own John Berra in his review as “A charming comedy” and “…one of the most refreshing Japanese movies in recent years”, Sawako Decides will be released on October 3rd, but is available for preorder on Amazon UK now.
For more detail about the film and DVD release, check out Third Window’s site.