BIFF 2020
Cinema Extraordinaire
Chicken Heart

Chicken Heart

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Chicken Heart
Japan / 2002 / 105 min
DIRECTOR:
Shimizu Hiroshi

 

Three friends - Iwano, Maru and Sada - destroyed and exhausted by life, meet each evening at their favourite pub and try to assign some meaning to their lives. Twenty year old Iwano dreams of a career as a boxer, but because he is too timid, he makes a living as a "live punch-bag". For the right price, stressed-out businessmen can take out their aggressions on him. Maru, who is about thirty, has taken over the failing family business selling hats. Fifty year old Sada is a social castaway. He's fixing an old boat in order to fulfil his lifelong dream of sailing around the world. But a secret from his past torments him. The three men spend evenings at the pub, sometimes trying to pick up women, but more often they end up dealing with one ridiculous situation after the other.

Shimizu Hiroshi