Ana is presenting the North American premiere of Isao Yukisada’s (Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World) A Good Husband, starring Etsushi Toyokawa and Hiroko Yakushimaru. The screening takes place at Big Cinemas Manhattan (formerly the ImaginAsian), located at 239 East 59th Street, New York City.
There will be two screenings on Tuesday, August 31st, at 4 pm and 7 pm.
A Good Husband was originally a play by Mayumi Nakatani, whose work has been staged internationally.
Ten years into his marriage, Shunsuke Kitami (Etsushi Toyokawa), who once had a thriving career as a still photographer, now mostly picks fights with his wife, Sakura (Hiroko Yakushimaru). Breaking his marriage vow to Sakura to “Have children and always be faithful,” he cheats constantly. Sakura, who is desperate to have a child, finally erupts and right before Christmas, drags her reluctant husband on a vacation to Okinawa.
About one year later, Shunsuke has mysteriously lost his will to work and is living a self-indulgent life off his quickly dwindling savings. Shunsuke shows no interest in the photo assignments his assistant Makoto and Bunta bring to him. Fed up with Shunsuke, Sakura goes on a trip by herself. While she’s gone, Shunsuke invites Ranko, an aspiring actress to his house.
When Sakura comes home two weeks later, an irritated Shunsuke lashes out at her. Sakura responds, “So, you’re ready to live alone?” and disappears upstairs.
Several days later, as Sakura asks Shunsuke for a divorce, she asks her bewildered husband to take a picture of her to “commemorate our divorce.” Reluctantly Shunsuke picks up his camera and starts taking pictures again.
After Sakura leaves him, Shunsuke spends time in his dark room, alone with the last photographs he took of his wife.
One photo after another develops in the darkroom but all they reveal are a blurry background. Sakura is not in any of the images. Finally, an image of Sakura appears in one of the photos. It is an image of Sakura running away, her back facing the camera.
To enter for your chance to get into the screening, visit www.newyork-tokyo.com/wp/husband.