NARA-wave
(A2) [THE TWO ON THE STAIRS]

Sachiko, who is now married and a homemaker, is contacted by her junior, Megumi, who asks to meet at a coffee shop. Megumi does not reveal anything about why she has come to Tokyo, except for work. Sachiko tries to get through this uncomfortable conversation by faking a smile because she can’t even remember Megumi’s nickname. When some time passes, they happen to go to Sachiko’s house, where Megumi gets a glimpse of Sachiko’s everyday life.

World Premiere
  • Director:Asahi Inoue
  • Japan
  • 2022
  • 27min.
  • color
  • -
  • Japanese
  • JPN & ENG Sub.

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Screening Dates, Times, and Venues

Sep.21 (Wed.) 10:00-
Evans Castle Hall

Sep.23 (Fri.) 13:00-
Evans Castle Hall

*Only if there are vacant seats, tickets are available at the door.
Guest Talk

Sep.21 (Wed.) 10:00-
Sep.23 (Fri.) 13:00-
After screening

On Demand

Sep.19(Mon.)0:00-
Sep.24(Sat.)24:00

Director
When I became an adult, I was in the gray area between feeling like I was still a child and being grown up. Coming of age seems to be just one of the crossroads in my life. On the other hand, though crossroads in small events were there, I wonder whether I may have missed them, maybe even on purpose. This idea inspired me to make this film. I want to depict the characters who are, unbeknownst to them, at a crossroads in life, and how they should face the reality of choosing their own lives.
Asahi Inoue

Osaka Visual Arts

Recommendations from the NIFF Supporters

The senior and junior women meet for the first time in a long time. The searching look of the younger woman who comes to the room where the senior couple lives, and the well-crafted dialogues allow the viewer to imagine the background of the two women and the hollow space in their hearts that they each hold.

Jury

Filmmaker

Shin Su-won

Her first feature Passerby #3 (2010) won the Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film award at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival. Short film Circle Line (2012) won the Canal+Prize in 65th Cannes Critic’s Week. Pluto(2013) second feature, won a special mention of Crystal bear 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Her sixth Hommage (2021) was premiered at 34th Tokyo international film festival and is on the journey including Jeonju, Tribeca, Sydney film festival and many film festivals.

 

CEO ONGAESHI Holdings Co., Ltd.

Mituru Mulai

After serving as the director in charge of human resources at Recruit (currently Recruit
Holdings), the president of ⑭Recruit Agent, and the president and chairman of Recruit
Global Family Hong Kong, he became the fifth chairman of the Japan Professional
Football League (J. League), the first appointment from a private company. He
completed four eight-year terms and is now an honorary member. CEO of ONGAESHI
Holdings Co., Ltd.

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