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Intimate Stranger

Intimate Stranger
2021Films Crime & Thriller1 h 35 mins
In post-COVID Tokyo, single mother Megumi is desperate to find her missing son Shinpei. After a shady young man claims to know her son’s whereabouts, he is invited into Megumi’s home where he soon uncovers a shocking secret.
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Intimate Stranger

Intimate Stranger

Intimate Stranger
2021Films Crime & Thriller1 h 35 mins
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Thursday, 25 Jul at 11:10 PM SIN
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Details
In the post-COVID world in Tokyo, Megumi is a single mother who works at a baby clothing store. Her beloved son, Shinpei went missing a year ago, and she has been looking for him desperately ever since. One day, a shady young man, Yuji approaches her, saying that he knows her son's whereabouts. Trying to find a lead, Megumi invites Yuji to stay with her. While trying to deceive Megumi, Yuji discovers a dark secret that is beyond his imagination.
Director
Mayu Nakamura
Country
Japan
Language
Japanese

Details
In the post-COVID world in Tokyo, Megumi is a single mother who works at a baby clothing store. Her beloved son, Shinpei went missing a year ago, and she has been looking for him desperately ever since. One day, a shady young man, Yuji approaches her, saying that he knows her son's whereabouts. Trying to find a lead, Megumi invites Yuji to stay with her. While trying to deceive Megumi, Yuji discovers a dark secret that is beyond his imagination.
Director
Mayu Nakamura
Country
Japan
Language
Japanese

Accolades
Intimate Stranger
Official Selection, Nippon Cinema Now
34th Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
Intimate Stranger
Intimate Stranger
Official Selection, Nippon Cinema Now
34th Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
Intimate Stranger
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Official Selection, Nippon Cinema Now
34th Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
Intimate Stranger

Trivia
Asuka Kurosawa, who plays Megumi in the film, is a veteran actress known for her astounding performance as the lead in “A Snake of June” (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) and “Cold Fish” (dir. Sion Sono). She also appears regularly in films by Takahisa Zeze, and appeared in “Silence” by Martin Scorsese,
Critics
...'... a psychological thriller for the pandemic age'
Japan Times

Meet the Cast
Asuka Kurosawa

Asuka Kurosawa

Fuju Kamio

Fuju Kamio

Meet the Cast
Asuka Kurosawa

Asuka Kurosawa

Fuju Kamio

Fuju Kamio

Directors

Mayu Nakamura

Director's Statement

In “Intimate Stranger”, I want to portray Japanese mothers’ nurturing and smothering love towards their sons. In Japan and other parts of Asia, mothers dote on children, especially boys. In this film, I want to depict how a mother’s extreme love entraps her son, with the elements of suspense and a psychological thriller. In Japan, as well as in the West, women are often portrayed either as virgin or whore. Especially the role of mother is often restricted to that of a nurturer. I want to portray the more sexual and femme fatale sides of mothers.

In Japan... the portrayal of women is also limited and often reduced to being sexual objects. I want to make films that portray adult women realistically and films that they can enjoy. 

Mayu Nakamura
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