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Swaying Mariko

Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been together with her younger husband named Tomoharu for six years and has been dissatisfied every day. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects he might be having an affair. Her workplace, a batting center, is also a miserable environment because the sleazy manager chases after her and the customers are rude. With constant pressure bearing down on her in public and private, Mariko becomes dominated by a certain obsession that eats away at her perception of reality. This is a film that draws on the loneliness, anguish and desire that people feel when the brutal aspects of life in the city become overwhelming, but will there be fun, love and happiness at the end.

  • Koji Segawa
  • Koji Segawa
  • Koji Segawa
  • Chise Ushio
    Key Cast
  • Keita Yamashina
    Key Cast
  • Hide Miura
    Key Cast
  • Hikari Goto
    Key Cast
  • Tomoko Kato
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 5 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,200,000 JPY
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    English, Japanese
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  • Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017
    March 7, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Raindance Film Festival 2017
    United Kingdom
    September 21, 2017
    International Premiere
    In competition
Distribution Information
  • Koji Segawa /
    Country: Japan
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Koji Segawa

Segawa was born in Kyoto, 1979 and graduated from The Film School Of Tokyo. He directed a film ”Gaichu(Mothwoman)” (2008) and it was screened at several Japanese film festivals.
His next film “Kogeonna Warau” (2011), was released in Tokyo and Osaka after it was shown at the 20th Tama Film Festival.

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Director Statement

My film always has many different faces. For this film it might to be seem like a black comedy at first, then starts to show not only ironically funny side but its depth as Mariko is getting into a manic situation and losing control, both of which are quite dazzling at the same time. I wanted to express our own foolishness and imperfection as humans by this approach I took in this film. I also want audience love their nature rather than hating them.