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Lowlife Love (2015)

Gesu no ai (original title)
Tetsuo (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) is a lowlife. A film director with a small indie hit many years back, yet he has never gotten any further as he refuses to go against his 'artistic integrity'. ... See full summary »


Eiji Uchida


Eiji Uchida
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Credited cast:
Masahiko Aoki Masahiko Aoki
Masato Arai Masato Arai ... Naoki
Denden ... Kida
Kanji Furutachi ... Kano
Yûmi Gotô Yûmi Gotô ... Hiromi
Hariken Hariken
Tomoko Hayakawa Tomoko Hayakawa
Aki Hiraoka Aki Hiraoka ... Miyuki
Yoshihiko Hosoda ... Mamoru
Beni Itô Beni Itô ... Wife
Yamada James Yamada James ... Akira
Nanami Kawakami Nanami Kawakami ... Akina
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Sato
Mayuko Kobayashi Mayuko Kobayashi ... Tada
Riko Matsui ... Keiko


Tetsuo (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) is a lowlife. A film director with a small indie hit many years back, yet he has never gotten any further as he refuses to go against his 'artistic integrity'. He's a real loser. Despite being in his late 30s, he still lives with his mother and sister, borrowing money off them and scrounging from all he comes in contact with. This includes his best friend Mamoru (Yoshihiko Hosoda), who makes porn films with him for dodgy characters in order to make money, as well as the film actors' school they've setup to exploit their students as well as for him to sleep with wannabe actresses. He's a real jerk. Then one day two new students come to his school: Minami (Maya Okano), a naive and fresh girl from the countryside who wants to be an actress and Ken (Shugo Oshinari), a scriptwriter who has been living overseas. Tetsuo sees something in Minami and feels she has what it takes to be a real star and Ken has a brilliant script which could be the fantastic new project... Written by anonymous

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Directors and producers are all lowlifes!


Drama | Romance


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By what the diresctor said at the Fantasia fest, the movie was shot in 8 days See more »


Referenced in ARfRA: Why are Japanese films so extreme? (2018) See more »

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1 March 2017 | by HombredelfuturoSee all my reviews

...film making before anything? Keep it true to art? be idealistic? have a constant way of life? or be some kind of hopeless guy that do not know another way to live than give a damn about anything? This movie has all these premises and more. Also has very classic camera movements and solid low budget cinematography. You will see rookie actors; aspirants; old lowbrow glories; yakuza; all mixed in a parallel world of filming. Most actors want to play lead rolls or shine a bit in a well produced movie; now here all they are at the bottom so they are trying hard; some with their acting talent; some seducing; some utilizing the power that they have; all trying to succeed in a very difficult industry that devours all your dreams if your a naive. Is a battle; you win or you lose forever.

Very good song and great finale.

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Release Date:

18 August 2016 (Germany) See more »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Color (HD)

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2.35 : 1
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