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Side Job. (2017)

Kanojo no jinsei wa machigaijanai (original title)
Based on the novel "Kanojo no Jinsei wa Machigai ja Nai" (literal translation: Her life is not at fault) by Director Hiroki, it is a powerful story of survivors, who are all trying to find their own silver linings in life.


Ryuichi Hiroki


Ryuichi Hiroki (original story) (as Hiroki Byuichi)


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Credited cast:
Tamae Andô Tamae Andô
Tokio Emoto Tokio Emoto ... Hayato
Ena Koshino Ena Koshino
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Miura
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Osamu
Kazuki Namioka Kazuki Namioka
Misako Renbutsu ... Saori Yamazaki
Atsushi Shinohara Atsushi Shinohara ... Yamamoto
Shuri Shuri
Kumi Takiuchi Kumi Takiuchi ... Miyuki
Masahiro Toda


Directed by the novelist behind the script, Side Job focuses on Miyuki, who lost her mother to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the nuclear disaster area of Fukushima, Japan, who works at the local city hall and lives with her father. She does, however, supplement her income by being a prostitute in Tokyo over the weekends. Written by aghaemi

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Release Date:

15 July 2017 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was part of the line-up at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival in Toronto in 2018. See more »

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painfully realistic and depressing
19 June 2018 | by overdarklordSee all my reviews

"Side Job" is a hard movie to digest. It deals with very depressing subject matter and with characters whose motivations and emotions aren't really clear to the audience. The movie is overall very subtle and very big changes are made nearly unrecognizable. The story is about a woman called Yuki from Iwaki, a town in Fukushima near the atomic power plant where the recent catastrophe happened. The woman commutes between Iwaki and Tokyo to work as a hostess and a call girl on weekends without anyone knowingy although the change from hostess to call girl is one of the upper mentioned big changes that are made very subtle. Her motivations to even work in such a business are very little explained and open for self-interpretation. Does she want to escape the depressing mindset of her hometown, with her memories of her deceased mother, her gambling addicted father living a sore lifestyle and pulling her emotionally down and her ex who we know very little about, bugging her to get together with him again? It could also be money problems from the gambling of her father, but we don't quite know. In my opinion the first answer is the much more realistic one. She as a character is quite interesting because we dont fully understand It quite a unique experience to have characters that says things that are probably not in their mind in a movie. It gives it such a realistic touch that you don't get to really know someone. You can just imagine what this person might think and want.

I am still not quite sure how I should look back on this movie. It definitely made me think and for that I appreciate it. It has its problems, especially the mindset of the town was covered rather one sided in my opinion and it didn't really go deeper beyond people being sad about losing their lost ones. It's beyond its clouded surface very shallow in themes, at least in terms of the catastrophe and I think it does put a lot of emphasis around it. So all the side stories besides Yukis were in my opinion rather lackluster, but then again the main focus of the movie is clearly Yukis story.

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