Jesus

Directed by Hiroshi Okuyama
2018
Japan
77 minutes
All Ages
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In Hiroshi Okuyama’s strikingly original and playful debut, Jesus is the tiny imaginary friend of a young Japanese boy. Winner of the New Directors competition at San Sebastian.

Nine-year-old Yura moves with his parents from Tokyo to a countryside town to join the boy's grandmother. A shy boy, Yura must adapt to a new school, complicated by the fact that it's a Christian institution. At first Yura struggles with the religious enthusiasm of his classmates but when, in the midst of prayer, a very small Jesus (played energetically by Australian comedian Chad Mullane) manifests himself, the boy quickly comes to the faith. Jesus becomes his entertaining playmate with the added advantage of making Yura's every wish come true. Behind the gentle, humorous and playful veneer, the talented 23-year-old Okuyama (who made his first music video at age 13) makes a pointed commentary on faith and religion.

The thunderbolt arrival of such a youthful prodigy answers the prayers of Japan-oriented cinephiles seeking successors for established names like Naomi Kawase, Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Special Guests

Hiroshi Okuyama
Director, Screenwriter
Chad Mullane
Cast

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Fri 14 June
6:10pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
4:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Features, Festival Hits, Festival Guests
Original Title
Boku wa Iesusama ga kirai
Year
2018
Classification
All Ages
Country
Japan
Language
In Japanese with English subtitles
Director
Hiroshi Okuyama
Producer
Tadashi Yoshino
Cast
Yura Sato, Riki Okuma, Chad Mullane, Hinako Saeki
Screenwriter
Hiroshi Okuyama
Cinematographer
Hiroshi Okuyama
Editor
Hiroshi Okuyama
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Asia, Cinephile, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: Nikkatsu Corporation
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