Sunday, July 1, 2018

Japanese-American film Oh Lucy! in Pittsburgh for one more week.

The 2017 Japanese-American film Oh Lucy!, which opened here on June 15, will will play in Pittsburgh for one more week through July 5. A Variety review summarizes the film, starring Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett.
Set in some of the least picturesque corners of Tokyo, “Oh Lucy!” is a character study about a character rarely seen on film: a quietly miserable, single, middle-aged Japanese wage-slave. Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) is a woman with few obvious qualities, and even fewer opportunities, friends, lovers, or interests. A withdrawn, chain-smoking loner in an office culture built on forced displays of camaraderie, her workday begins when she witnesses a suicide on the subway, and continues as she watches an aging employee on the verge of retirement soak up the condescending affection of her coworkers, all of whom are quick to make fun of her once she leaves the room. The subway jumper, the lonely old pensioner – it’s clear that Setsuko sees these as her two most likely options.

Her life gets an unexpected jolt after a visit from her fun-loving twentysomething niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna) who badgers her into signing up for English lessons with an unconventional tutor.
The movie is playing at the Regent Square Theater (map). General admission tickets are $8---students and seniors $7---and are available for purchase at the theaters.