Japan Cuts Hollywood is kicking off its first year event with the West Coast opening night premiere of family dramedy, Bento Harrassment which opened in Japan back in June. The film is written and directed by Renpei Tsukamoto who will also partake as a special guest next to actress Ryoko Shinohara.
A true, universal tale – full of laughter and tears – about a single mother and her high school daughter. The girl who used to call her mommy now totally ignores her. Exasperated, the mother seeks revenge by using ‘bentos’ (home-made boxed lunches) as her ‘weapon’. Regardless of what’s going on in her own life, she never fails to make her daughter a bento lunch that embarrasses her with its sugar-coated messages of love. After three long years, the final ‘bento’ message is a ‘thank you letter’ from mother to daughter. This story of a mother’s love will ring true to all teens growing up and the mothers that stand beside them.
Also starring are Kiyoko Yoshine, Rena Matsui, Kenta Sato and Ryuta Sato. The film is also listed at the official website next to a slate of titles, both in feature and short segments and is said to have more titles coming.
“We are so excited to have this movie open our inaugural film festival this year,” said JASSC Chairman Douglas Montgomery. Montgomery, who is also the executive producer of Japan Cuts Hollywood, added, “Given the growing interest in Japanese film and culture, we believe ‘Bento Harassment’ brings the best of Japan to Hollywood.”
The first annual Japan Cuts Hollywood will take place from November 1 through 3 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. Tickets are available by clicking here.