The frustrated, flummoxed characters in Japanese wunderkind Yuya Ishii’s semi-absurdist comedies are typically running from something. It might be the boring confines of small-town life for the neon allure of Tokyo, or the cruelty of the big city for the low-stress provinces. In fact, they’re desperately rebelling — albeit with only minimal success — against the oppressive cultural weight of obeisance, loyalty, etiquette, and respect for (selfish) elders. The 27-year-old director’s hapless yet endearing protagonists eventually realize there’s nowhere to run: Japan is... More >>>