Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI 濱口竜介

Intimacies (aka Intimacy)


Nippon Visions   ½ 

This unique work is an adaptation of a stage play written by director Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI himself. It is a vivid illustration of the emotional entanglements among young people in their twenties, between intimacy, loneliness and their craving for affection. The simplified stage scenery based on darkness, unexpected inclusions of the audience’s looks and the effective use of close-ups and reverse shots add a unique tension to the film.


Japan 2011

136 minutes

About Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI

Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1978, studied at Tokyo University of the Arts. His graduation film PASSION (2008) participated in the competition of the Tokyo FilmEx festival. In 2015, his film HAPPY HOUR earned him international critical acclaim and won multiple awards at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2022, he received the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film with DRIVE MY CAR (2021). Nippon Connection has shown a number of his films, including INTIMACIES (2011 / NC ’12) and ASAKO I & II (2018 / NC ’19).

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