Format：35mm / Color
Original Title：Noriko no Shokutaku（Japanese）
Prequel to “Suicide Club” by Sion Sono
Noriko Shimabara is an ordinary 17 year old girl. Her family consists of her younger sister Yuka, father Tetsuzo, and mother Taeko. Noriko couldn’t help but feel unsatisfied with her ordinary suburban town life. One day, she discovers an interesting website on the internet where teenage girls from all over Japan gather. There, Noriko for the first time in her life feels that she is being understood by others. Noriko runs away from home to seek a new home in Tokyo. Arriving in Tokyo, she meets Kumiko, who is the center figure behind the website.
Along with Kumiko, Noriko becomes a member of a strange business called FAMILY CIRCLE, which offers a rental family service. At FAMILY CIRCLE, members are dispatched to people with no family members to create an instant pseudo-family. Noriko finds the true beauty of family while role playing in a pseudo-family, and through that pseudo-family, she begins understanding more about the relationship between herself and her family, as well as her relationship with herself.
Following her sister, Yuka also runs to Tokyo. Their father Tetsuzou then begins searching for his two missing daughters. After long searches, he finds out that his daughters are members of FAMILY CIRCLE.
Kazue Fukiishi … Noriko Shimabara
Ken Mitsuishi … Tetsuzo Shimabara
Yuriko Yoshitaka … Yuka Shimbara
Tsugumi … Kumiko (Ueno54)
Director of Photography：Souhei Tanigawa
Production Designer：Toru Fujita
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Sono made his debut as a poet at the young age of 17. He began making 8mm films when he enrolled University in Tokyo. In 1990, Sono wrote, directed, and starred in a 16mm film”Bicycle Sighs,” and the film toured the festival circuit for 2 years, played at over 30 venues in Europe and Asia. Since then, “Room” won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and “Suicide Club” won the Audience Prize at 2003 FanTasia Festival in Canada. Sono also staged a controversial, guerrilla performance art project called Tokyo GAGAGA, which generated a buzz in Japan. Sono’s diverse talents mesmerize fans all over the world.
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