A Cappella

A Cappella
  • Friday, May 27, 14:15 Mousonturm Saal
  • 無伴奏
  • Japan 2016, DCP, 132 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Hitoshi YAZAKI
  • Script: Chiai TAKEDA, Masa ASANISHI based on a novel by Mariko KOIKE
  • Production: Mubanso Production Committee
  • Camera: Isao ISHII
  • World sales: King Records
  • Cast: Riko NARUMI, Sosuke IKEMATSU, Takumi SAITO, Nina ENDO, Wakana MATSUMOTO
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award


In the late 1960s, schoolgirl Kyoko experiences a time of political protest. Along with her friends, she joins some of the university demonstrations. At a baroque cafe she meets Wataru, a student she soon falls in love with. But their relationship is clouded by a dark secret in Wataru’s life. Convincing acting performances combine with the historical setting to create a multi­layered coming­-of­-age drama.

Director Bio
Hitoshi YAZAKI was born in Yamanashi Prefecture. After studying film at Nihon University, his second feature­length film AFTERNOON BREEZES (1980) was already successful in the festival circuit. He then had his international breakthrough with the unconventional love story MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (1990).

1977 Fuyu no hikari; 1980 Afternoon Breezes (Kazetachi no gogo); 1990 March Comes in Like a Lion (Sangatsu no lion); 2006 Strawberry Shortcakes (NC ’07); 2009 Sweet Little Lies (NC ’11); 2014 The Place Where the Sun Sits (Taiyo no suwaru basho); 2015 xxx – Kiss Kiss Kiss

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