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SUNNY / 32

European Premiere

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Country / Year

Japan / 2018

Genre

Thriller

Director

Kazuya Shiraishi

Starring

Rie Kitahara, Pierre Taki, Lily Franky

Synopsis

It is winter in a town in Niigata Prefecture and Akari Fujii (Rie Kitahara), a junior high school teacher who has not had much success with work or in her private life, is abducted by a pair of men on the occasion of her 24th birthday.

She is taken to a deserted house at the foot of a snow-covered mountain. There, abductor Oda (Lily Franky) gleefully films her with a video camera while partner Kashiwabara (Pierre Taki) confesses, “I’ve always wanted to meet you, Sunny.”

“Sunny” is the nickname that was given to an 11-year old elementary school girl who murdered a classmate. In the sensational crime, she slit her victim’s neck with a cutter.

After the case came to light, the child killer was quickly identified from a photo used by the mass media. Due to her adorable looks, she was dubbed “the cutest murderer ever.”

As her legend grew, she came to be deified by some Internet users, eventually developing a following of fanatic fans. Her photo, with its unique 3 and 2 finger peace pose, earned her the moniker “Sunny,” a name derived from how 3 and 2 are pronounced in Japanese. Oddly enough, the two men abducted and confined Akari fourteen years after Sunny had committed the crime.

Kashiwabara and Oda operate a cult of Sunny followers. They force Akari to wear a party dress, and upload her photos and movies to a web board exclusive for those who share a love of Sunny. As she begins to feel her grip on sanity slipping, Akari desperately tries to escape from her abductors.

However, with the arrival of other “Sunny” fans into the group, her jaw-dropping tale has only just begun.

Background

The film is brought to you by the duo responsible for the hit motion picture “The Devil’s Path” – director Kazuya Shiraishi, a leading force in Japanese cinema, and screenwriter Izumi Takahashi.

Together, they have constructed an original, unpredictable, suspenseful, and emotional-roller-coaster like movie!

Director Shiraishi realistically incorporates the sense of present-day in the film. While its style may be sensational, it also probes into the quintessence of the human condition. Both an “idol” and “adventure” movie, “Sunny/32” is the widest-ranging piece of entertainment yet from director Kazuya Shiraishi.

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