Southeast Asia Premiere
A Girl Missing
Southeast Asian Premiere
Directed by Kōji Fukada
Japan, France / 111 mins / M18 – Sexual Scene
Private nurse Ichiko Shirakawa is practically kin to her client’s family. She cares for their ailing grandmother by day and voluntarily tutors the daughters after work. One day, younger daughter Saki disappears. As the catastrophe unfolds and Ichiko is forced to endure its consequences, her life begins to crumble around her.
Told in two interwoven timelines before converging into a third act, A Girl Missing examines the destructive forces of sensationalistic journalism and gender expectations in a conservative society. Shock, deceit and betrayal are masterfully layered upon each other to culminate in a gut-punching delivery. Deeply provocative, the film wonders only one thing: Has truth in the 21st century become malleable?
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
No stranger to the film festival circuit, Kōji Fukada’s previous works have won him multiple accolades. He was awarded the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival with his previous feature film, Harmonium (2016). He is known to draw heavily from his experience in theatre when making films.
CAST & INFORMATION
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