PLAN 75

US Premiere


SPIRIT | WORLD

Japan 2022, 112 min, Director: Chie Hayakawa

Chie Hayakawa’s feature debut, which premiered at Cannes, puts our ageist society under a microscope. This dystopian drama may provoke comparisons to 1970s-era classics Logan’s Run and Soylent Green but while exploring similar themes, Hayakawa’s tender and visionary film resonates uniquely. In a chilling near-future, the Japanese government offers money to senior citizens willing to self-euthanize. Veteran actor Chieko Baisho stars as Michi, a woman considering whether to accept the stipend and end her life. Juxtaposing Michi’s story with those of a gung-ho salesman for the program (Hayato Isomura) and a struggling young mother (Stefanie Arianne), Hayakawa weaves a tapestry of disparate souls, all affected by death, sometimes in unexpected ways. Plan 75 gently ponders modern society’s tendency to shun the elderly and our fear of mortality; by quietly condemning such attitudes, Baisho’s bittersweet performance is a triumph. —Tim Grierson

In Japanese with English subtitles

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4:00 PM — Rafael 2

4:00 PM — BAMPFA

Director

Tokyo native Chie Hayakawa studied photography at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Among her short films are IDENTIFY THIS GIRL (2000); WHAT YOU ARE HOLDING IS NOT AN APPLE (2000); VAJRA/VAJRA (2001); PHOTOGRAPHY OF ZERO (2003); NIAGARA (2013), winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival of Asia Pacific Countries; and MAY IN THE WINTER (2016). PLAN 75 originated as a short segment she wrote and directed for the omnibus feature TEN YEARS JAPAN (2018).

Film Info

countries:

Year:

2022

Running Time:

112

Languages:

Japanese

Director:

Chie Hayakawa

Producers:

Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Jason Gray, Frédéric Corvez

Cinematographers:

Hideho Urata

Editors:

Anne Klotz

Writers:

Chie Hayakawa

Cast:

Chieko Baisho, Hayato Isomura, Taka Takao, Yumi Kawai, Stefanie Arianne

sections:

Subtitles:

English