Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024
Rickshawgirl | 第19回大阪アジアン映画祭 Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024

Wash Away


“The ‘sukebe stool’ that is used in soaplands to wash bodies was actually invented as a home care tool.” This anecdote, and experiences with having a grandmother with dementia, was director OKAZAKI’s inspiration for a film featuring a novel spin on a carer for the elderly.

Although it pays for her glamorous lifestyle, Kana keeps her job washing bodies in a Tokyo soapland quiet and has questions about her future. That job comes in handy when she is asked to care for her long-forgotten grandmother Kie. After initial struggles, Kana’s biggest frustration is that Kie’s dementia means she forgets her own granddaughter after every visit but Kana soon realises that Kie is someone she can confide in about her life and resolves to learn more about the elderly woman that she had forgotten about while working out what bugs her.

Wash Away is a smart and slickly-made character drama done through synthesising two unlikely sources and applying a serious message of how loneliness can afflict people and how genuinely connecting with others can overcome that. [Jason MAHER]


March 1, 18:10
Cine Libre Umeda Cinema 4

March 7, 10:10
Cine Libre Umeda Cinema 4

Director: OKAZAKI Ikunosuke (岡﨑育之介)

NAKAO Yuuka (中尾有伽)
KEN Naoko (研ナオコ)
NAKAGAWA Yukari (中川ゆかり)
SHIMASA Kazuya (嶋佐和也(ニューヨーク))
TAKAGI Naoko (髙木直子)
AKAMA Mariko (赤間麻里子)
ISONISHI Maki (磯西真喜)

2024 | Japan | 114 min. | Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English

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