London East Asia Film Festival: Sasaki In My Mind



  • Director: Takuya Uchiyama
  • Running Time: 118 minutes
  • Certificate: 15
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country: Japan

Yuji (Kisetsu Fujiwara), a struggling actor who still lives with his ex-girlfriend (Minori Hagiwara) and earns money through a banal job at a local factory, is approached by a friend (Nijiro Murakami) to take a role in an upcoming play he has written. After a chance encounter with an old high school friend, Yuji looks back on their past and the friendship with their mutual pal Sasaki (Gaku Hosokawa). A troubled teen, Sasaki was always the centre of attention. And Yuji realises that Sasaki may have played a more significant part in his life than he previously thought. Based on a story conceived by Hosokawa – inspired by his own experiences – Takuya Uchiyama’s compelling portrait of friendship captures the excitement, energy, absurdity and drama of youth.

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