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Lowlife Love
Archived: Lowlife Love - Gesu no ai (2015)

director: Eiji Uchida

With: Masahiko Aoki, Masato Arai, Matsumoto Club, a.o.

duration: 110 minutes

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Film Fest Gent - Lowlife Love

Tetsuo is a lowlife. A film director with a small indie hit many years back, yet he has never gotten any further as he refuses to go against his 'artistic integrity'. He's a real loser. Despite being in his late 30s, he still lives with his mother and sister, borrowing money off them and scrounging from all he comes in contact with. This includes his best friend Mamoru, who makes porn films with him for dodgy characters in order to make money, as well as the film actors' school they've setup to exploit their students as well as for him to sleep with wannabe actresses. He's a real jerk. Then one day two new students come to his school: Minami, a naive and fresh girl from the countryside who wants to be an actress and Ken, a scriptwriter who has been living overseas. Tetsuo sees something in Minami and feels she has what it takes to be a real star and Ken has a brilliant script which could be the fantastic new project which would relaunch his career as a director, with Minami his muse. With the help of Kida, an unsavory film producer, they strive to turn this project into something tangible, but Minami's ability starts to turn the heads of other film directors such as Kano and Shinjo and soon Tetsuo's world starts to fall apart at the seams... Will Tetsuo's past exploits catch up to him or will he be able to hold it all together and start afresh?

"Eiji Uchida's scabrous black comedy 'Lowlife Love' explores the bottom layers of the industry, populated by rebels, failures, wannabes and gangsters, based on what Uchida, who also wrote the script, has seen and heard in his years in the business." (The Japan Times)


director: Eiji Uchida
producer: Adam Torel
screenplay: Eiji Uchida
Editor: Eiji Uchida
Cinematography: Kenji Noguchi

production company: Third Window Films

More info

dialogue: Japanese
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Japan
year: 2015


EIJI UCHIDA: Gachapon (2004), Shiawase nara te o tatakô (2005), Watashi no naka no Eichmann (2006), Topless (2008), Sisterhood (2008), Bokura no hôteishiki (2008), Beatrock Love (2009), Black Angels (2011), The Last Days of the World (2011), Greatful Dead (2013), Dead Banging (2013), Kazoku gokko (2015), Lowlife Love (2015).

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format: DCP
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