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Perfect Days

Opens on October 22

Director: Wim Wenders Run Time: 123 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023 Language: English and Japanese w/English subtitles

Starring: Aoi Yamada, Arisa Nakano, Kôji Yakusho, Min Tanaka, Sayuri Ishikawa, Tokio Emoto, Tomokazu Miura, Yumi Aso

Winner: Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival

Japan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards

After several years away from the silver screen, Wim Wenders is back with PERFECT DAYS, a poignant character study and emotionally charged journey into the soul of Tokyo. Radiating charm and embracing all his best work, this unique mix of fiction and ordinary life finds an unusual, poetic angle to guide us: the architectural marvels of some of Tokyo’s public toilets.

Kôji Yakusho, in one of his best performances to date, plays Hirayama, a cleaner of these toilets. (He is named after the protagonist of Yasujiro Ozu’s last film, AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON—a quiet tribute to the great master of Japanese cinema, an auteur beloved by Wenders.) Hirayama lives alone in a small house full of plants, his days going by according to quiet rhythms that never seem to change. His is a neighbourhood of tiny cafés frequented by the same people, of bookshops that sell works by Patricia Highsmith or young, contemporary Japanese writers. Hirayama speaks very little and has a great passion for music, books, and the trees he loves to photograph. He drives to work in his minivan, fully equipped with his cleaning gear, while The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, or Lou Reed ring in ageless, husky hums from a tape player.

As if in search of a new cinema on the road, Wenders follows his protagonist and instead discovers new places of the heart. Through Yakusho/Hirayama, Wenders captures the poetry of the everyday with intimacy and stunning simplicity.

—Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival guide

A Neon release

$15 General Admission
$13 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Student and senior prices are only available at the box office with valid ID. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.

IFFBoston members get priority seating for all Fall Focus screenings. Brattle passes not accepted.


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