Spark (Hibana)

  • Dir: Itao Itsuji

  • Japan, 2017, 121min, DCP

  • Cast: Suda Masaki, Kiritani Kenta, Kimura Fumino

Adapted from the best-selling first novella by comedian Matayoshi Naoki, the story follows the 10-year struggle of two no-name manzai comedians. Taking the mentorship of free-spirited Kamiya, young artist Tokunaga aspires to thrash out his own ideas. Soon did he realize that making people laugh is no joke, and a strong faith in unconventional comedy takes him nowhere. Suda’s award-winning performance turns the unsung hero into an unusual heart-warmer, sparking insights into holding on to dreams against all odds.

2017 Kinema Junpo Awards, Best Actor

 

Screening:

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1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

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