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THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS 13 “FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS”

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR YASUHIRO HARIKI PRESENTS
THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS

If you missed this film during our festival, I highly recommend that you try and see it in a theater or film festival nearest you, or why not rent out the video if it’s available.

“Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats” (2014/Japan)
Directed by Yousuke Fujita

Fuku-Chan has strange powers…A human comedy that sends you on a nostalgic drift…

This is the first starring role for actress Miyuki Oshima of the Japanese comic trio “Morisanchū”. In the film she plays the role of a male middle-aged building painter with a close-cropped hairstyle. Miyuki Oshima successfully won the Best Actress Award in Canada for this role for which we wholeheartedly offer our congratulations.

The protagonist, Tatsuo Fukuda, commonly known as “Fuku-Chan” is a building painter who lives in a shabby apartment complex called the “FukuFuku Flats”. Fuku-Chan has a dilemma of not being able to deal with women. The film shows how Fuku-Chan overcomes his dilemma in a hilarious comedy that will exhaust you with laughter.

Fuku-Chan is simple. He thinks normally and lives a normal life. He has the good qualities of what the Japanese had in the past, which reminds us that “yes, there used to be middle-age men like that, in the good old days.”

Fuku-Chan is blessed with the power to turn people around him into “normal human beings”. That’s because Fuku-Chan is surrounded by eccentrics. Noting this, I felt the Japanese may be suffering from nerves. Yet seeing Fuku-Chan’s lifestyle, of throwing a really slow breaking ball towards life, made me feel at ease.

I’d recommend this film to people who may have difficulty dealing with others.

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