FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS
Directed by Yosuke Fujita
Official Selection, 2014 Udine Far East Film Festival
Best Actress, 2014 Fantasia Film Festival
He’d draw a picture for you blindfolded, but good luck trying to get him to go on a date. Fukuda, also known as Fuku-chan, lives in the rundown Fukufuku Flats. He spends his mornings at work painting buildings, then divides his evenings between hanging out with his snake-loving, panty-stealing neighbors and dodging dates that his co-worker, Shimacchi (Yosiyosi Arakawa), keeps trying to set up for him. Fuku-chan is easy-going and friendly, but romance is not his cup of tea.
It’s not that women aren’t interested. It’s just that haunted to this day by an embarrassing middle school experience, he will literally do anything to avoid being set up, including flying kites with the other odd-balls at Fukufuku Flats. But romance becomes unavoidable when attractive wannabe photographer Chiho (Asami Mizukawa) comes into his life. Together they work together on a photographic book that rekindles old feelings.
FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS features woman comedian Miyuki Oshima as Fuku-chan, showing off her talents and well-known ability to impersonate men. Her presence is just one of the many disarming, clever twists that make FUKU-CHAN such a delight. Director Yosuke Fujita blends scatological humor (actual line: “I never had a friend that worried about my poo before”) and genuine tenderness together into a picture-perfect comedy. –Rizzhel Javier
Cast: Miyuki Oshima, Yosiyosi Arakawa, Asami Mizukawa