Plan 75

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    Friday, July 28, 2023
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    Freer Gallery of Art
    Meyer Auditorium


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This “quietly bold debut feature of Chie Hayakawa” (Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times) is set in a near-future Japan, where a law has been enacted legalizing assisted suicide for anyone over seventy-five years old. The legendary Chieko Baishô (best known for her role in the Tora-san series of films) stars as seventy-eight-year-old Michi, who at the start of the film is proudly living an independent life, complete with a job and a tight group of friends, but when she loses her job and finds a friend’s dead body, she begins thinking about the unthinkable. Her story is intertwined with that of a Filipino immigrant who takes a job sifting through the deceased’s possessions and a young man employed as a Plan 75 salesman who happens upon his own uncle in the course of his work. The film has a macabre strain of humor running through the dark subject matter (the Plan is run with the cheerful efficiency of any other service industry company), but it is also a shockingly plausible story rooted in real-life anxieties about Japan’s aging population. (Dir.: Chie Hayakawa, Japan/Philippines/ France, 2022, 112 min., DCP, Japanese and Filipino with English subtitles)