Writer: Sakura Higa
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Despite its name, The London Film Festival has often been the place to see a new television series, screening a couple of or sometimes all the episodes back-to-back, with previous screenings including Sky’s Doll and Em and the BBC’s Little Drummer Girl. Now Hirokazu Kore-eda premieres Episode One of his sitcom-drama A Day Off of Kasumi Arimura which extends the director’s interest in testing family dynamics.
With art imitating life, Japanese TV and film star Kasumi Arimura plays a version of herself as an actress unexpectedly given a day off when a co-star catches the flu and decides to head home to visit her mother. Exasperated by Yumiko’s fussing and embarrassed to be shown off in the supermarket, Arimura soon learns that life at home has moved on without her when a stranger drops-by without warning.
The first of eight episodes Kore-eda’s 42-minute