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A Comedy of Errors About A Journey to an Unknown New World

by our Editors in Films & Books , 14 mei 2018

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From karaoke bars, masks and love hotels run by drag queens, to diners, tattoo shops and gritty motels. From the filthy and overpopulated Tokyo to sunny Southern California with its endless highways. “Oh Lucy!” is an original road movie and a delicious black comedy.

Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) is a sad middle-aged office clerk who, in her cluttered apartment, still mourns that her clever sister Ayako (Kaho Minami) once stole her first true love. The turnaround comes when her ever-pleasant niece Mika, a waitress in Hello Kitty uniform, persuades Setsuko to take over her English lessons.

A blonde wig and an intimate hug from teacher John (Josh Hartnett) stir-up deeply repressed emotions. Setsuko, renamed Lucy by John, falls head over heels in love with the American hunk. When John unexpectedly has to leave for Los Angeles with Mika, she does not think twice and follows the love couple to Los Angeles.
For the first version of “Oh Lucy!” director Atsuko Hirayanagi was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Now, she has developed the sensitive and humorous transformation of a lonely Japanese woman into a feature film that was selected for the prestigious Cannes Festival. It will run in Dutch cinemas from May 17 onwards. Setsuko/Lucy is a woman you relate to. In spite of, or perhaps thanks to, her shortcomings one takes her to one’s heart.

The great talent Hirayanagi about “Oh Lucy!”: “As a storyteller I am attracted to the silent types, because when push comes to shove, they have more to say. I myself was a quiet one as well when I ended up in New York as a seventeen-year-old Japanese exchange student. I did not speak English and was considered a typically shy Asian girl, even though I really wanted to assert myself. That experience can also be seen in Setsuko’s journey.”

“Oh Lucy!” is in cinemas throughout the country from May 17 onwards.
Trailers a.o. at IMDB.




In the New Issue of Gay News, 332, April 2019

July 27- August 4, 2019

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