Adrift in Tokyo (a tale of The Hair)   Leave a comment

Just finished watching Adrift in Tokyo, a Japanese movie based on a book by Yoshinaga Fujita. (which I can’t find in English sadly, as I’d love to read it now that I’ve seen the film)


The plot synopsis from Wikipedia says, “Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long as Fumiya agrees to walk with him across Tokyo to the police station of Kasumigaseki, where he intends to turn himself for a crime he deeply regrets. Not having much choice, Fumiya accepts the deal. Thus begins their journey.”

It stars Tomokazu Miura as Fukuhara, and (what really drew me in) Jo Odagiri as Fumiya, sporting a head of hair that is at first glance terrifying; at second glance, glorious. But The Hair (it should have it’s own line in the credits) grows on you, and within minutes you can’t imagine Fumiya any other way. In fact, it becomes almost attractive. Almost.

the hair

Jo Odagiri on the left (THE HAIR RULES) and Tomokazu Miura on the right. (Don’t ask about the nose.)

There was a small side story running through of a group of three office workers who were worried about a co-worker. They decide to check up on her (it is actually relevant to the main storyline, though the two lines never cross) but never quite manage to stay on track. I found myself waiting almost impatiently to see what would cause them to veer off course every time they showed up onscreen.

It was actually a really sweet film, quietly funny in places, sad in others, heartwarming throughout. I’ve only seen Odagiri before this in Mushi-shi, but since I really liked both Mushi-shi and Adrift in Tokyo, I plan to look out for more of his stuff. Though I didn’t realize it until after, I’d seen Miura in The Taste of Tea a year or so ago. (Also recommended.)

All in all a good find, this movie. Watch it.

You won’t regret it, if only for The Hair.

mushshi Taste-of-tea


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