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2005

Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita- san

Yaji and Kita - The Midnight Pilgrims

真夜中の弥次さん喜多さん

(c) 2005 YAJI×KITA

(c) 2005 YAJI×KITA

(c) 2005 YAJI×KITA

(c) 2005 YAJI×KITA

Release Date
April, 2nd, 2005
Running Time
124 min
Genre
Feature
Color
Color
Screening Format
35mm

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

Asmik Ace Entertainment, J-Storm, CULTURE PUBLISHERS, TYO, OTONA KEIKAKU

[ Story ]

A surreal road movie set in the Edo period and the feature film debut of Kudo Kankuro, the well-known actor and scriptwriter for films such as Go and Ping Pong. Adapted from the comic book of the same title by Shiriagari Kotobuki, which in turn was inspired by the Edo era comic book 'Tokai dochu hizakurige (Shank's Mare)' by Jippensha Ikku.
Yaji (Nagase Tomoya) and Kita (Nakamura Shichinosuke) are gay lovers who live in the city of Edo. Kita-san is a drug addict who has completely lost touch with "reality". To cure Kita-san of his drug addiction and to discover the nature of the elusive "reality", they set off on a pilgrimage to the Ise Shrine. Their journey will take them to the weirdest places: a toll-gate through which only comedians can pass, and an inn where talking is not allowed and the guests have to sing. To add to their troubles, they find themselves wanted by the police when Yaji's wife turns up dead. Gradually, Yaji and Kita's strange journey strays into a bizarre world between reality and illusion.

[ Film Festivals, Awards ]

34th Montreal International Festival of New Cinema
2nd CJ Asian Independent Film Festival
CineAsia Film Festival 2005
35th International Film Festival Rotterdam

[ Contact (International) ]

Asmik Ace, Inc.
1-8-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Rep: NAGASAWA Shuichi
E-mail: https://www.asmik-ace.co.jp/contact
http://www.asmik-ace.co.jp

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