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- Movie: Lunar Child
- Japanese: ルナの子供
- Director: Akihiro Suzuki
- Writer: Akihiro Suzuki
- Producer: Keiko Tanaka
- Cinematographer: Tsuyoshi Kawarazuka, Michihito Fujii
- Release Date: November 7, 2009
- Studio: Gineisya Co.,Ltd
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
A man standing alone, smoking on his balcony calls out to a young girl crouched over in the emergency stairwell of the opposite building.
Upon entering his apartment, the girl takes a shower, and waits for him to make his advances towards her but he seems to hesitate. He confesses to her that he is in the last stages of a long fight with terminal cancer and asks her to kiss him.
The girl declines saying “you can touch me, but no kissing.”
While showing the girl a Super-8 film he took in Berlin, he asks the girl“when do you feel the happy?”...
Mizuki is a lesbian. She wakes up in her lover Maho’s room. It has been 2 weeks since their first kiss. There is still a picture of a young man in Maho’s room and Mizuki has doubts as to how long their relationship will last.
Mizuki works at a bar. As she wraps up her work, Maho confronts Mizuki telling her she intends to break up with her boyfriend because she is unsatisfied with their physical relationship. Mizuki tells Maho she does not have to break up with her boyfriend and is free to sleep with whomever she pleases. Maho does not react well to this.
On the way home late the next morning, Mizuki falls asleep on the train, misses her station and wakes up far on the outskirts of town, incidentally, in the same area where she lived as a child. She gets off the train and walks towards the housing projects where she lived over 15 years ago. The old, decrepit buildings are being razed one by one.
Mizuki’s parents now live far out in the provinces. Her parents were hippies and the place where she was raised resembled a commune more than a typical household. Raised in an environment of “free love,” Mizuki had lost her virginity by the time she was in junior high school. Perhaps because she viewed sex as something free, and devoid of emotional meaning, she never enjoyed having sex with men...
Hikari is a writer for a magazine. As a small child, she carried with her the false memory of having killed a young boy.
Soon after her business meeting ends, she heads towards the old, wooden apartment of a beautiful young boy named Uchiyama who is busy tapping away at his computer. Hikari changes out of her business clothes, pulls out her laptop and begins her own work. As Uchiyama wraps up his work and tries to sleep, Hikari lies down next to him. Not only is Hikari paying for Uchiyama’s apartment, she has also lent him five hundred thousand yen to live on. As Hikari visits him, he pays her the money back little by little. Hikari feels at peace spending time with Uchiyama, although their relationship is not a physical one.
Hikari lives in a tower block in the suburbs with her 3 year-old daughter and her depressed, out-of-work husband. The husband, in a weakened emotional state, clutches to Hikari like a child to his mother. The pressure on Hikari of supporting the entire household herself is great, but she expresses no desire to escape from her family life or to leave her husband and daughter behind.
After wrapping up an interview for the magazine, Hikari meets with an old colleague named Nonomura. Nonomura complains to Hikari about her job and coworkers and confesses that she occasionally relieves her stress by engaging in parasuicidal behavior such as slashing her arms...
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