Third Window Films released the Japanese film Be My Baby today, May 25th, on DVD. For those who may not know, this film is a potent black comedy based on a stage play. It is all about a disastrous house party and the two weeks that follow where exposes loves, hatreds, and personal problems of a group of friends and lovers are exposed. Each character is a product of the gyaru youth sub-culture and it can be considered a shockingly frank and funny expose of how some people live in real life.
It was made on a miniscule budget that toured the festival circuit from 2013 and impressed critics thanks to powerhouse acting that tackled a script full of twisting dialogue and shifting allegiances. As a result of the skill seen on screen the film picked up multiple awards on its tour. Here are the details of the film:
BE MY BABY
Directed by Hitoshi One (Moteki – Love Strikes)
A special ‘workshop’ film from Japan. Made by an actors’ workshop featuring all newcomers under the supervision of a veteran director, all made in just 4 days for a budget of less than $10,000!
Japan / 2012 / 138 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
Starring newcomers: Chihiro Shibata, Naoko Wakai, Yuumi Goto, Yuki Ueda, Aya Kunitake, Kenta Niikura, Daisuke Sawamura, Kenta Enya
On DVD May 25th
DVD Special Features:
‘Girls Talk’ – Pajama party with female cast of the film
Interview with producer Masashi Yamamoto
Warning: The trailer contains some steamy moments.
Unfolding in the two weeks following a casual party at the home of the overbearing Koji, nine “20-something” Japanese revellers with long, deeply entwined histories navigate the secrets and lies of contemporary relationships. Touching on issues of self-respect, emotional manipulation, casual viciousness, petty interpersonal politicking, dependency, insecurity, infidelity and misogyny, One Hitoshi’s drama is as dark as it is soapy — with unfortunately recognisable characters with recognisable human flaws.
The Japan Times – Top 10 Films of the year
YesAsia – Top 10 Films of the year
Eiga Geijutsu – Top 10 Films of the year
23rd Japan Film Professional Awards – Honourable Mention for New Actors
8th Five Flavours Film Festival – Winner People’s Jury Award