Japan Foundation: My Broken Mariko

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Tanada Yuki
Writer(s)Mukai Kôsuke, Tanada Yuki
Running Time1HR 25MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles, Recommended 12+
SeasonThe Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

Based on an evocative manga by Waka Hirako, director Tanada Yuki, who excels in the portrayal of female protagonists, sensitively depicts the emotional turmoil of two young women and their trauma.

Tomoyo (Nagano Mei), an overworked office worker, finds out that her best friend, Mariko (Nao), has committed suicide. Having failed to help her friend, Tomoyo feels powerless and unable to process what has happened. Mariko had suffered years of mistreatment at the hands of her father ever since she was a child, and then was in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend. 

Tomoyo learns that Mariko’s ashes are at her father’s place and decides to recapture the remains. After stealing Mariko’s ashes, Tomoyo is determined to do anything she can for her friend who was deprived of everything her whole life. Trapped in a whirlwind of memories, she takes the ashes to the beach where Mariko had always dreamed of visiting. This is their first and final journey together—a journey to enable Tomoyo’s broken Mariko be free at last.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 is organised by the Japan Foundation, with Major Support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU, Athletia, and Clearspring and in Cultural Partnership with The Japan Society and JAL.


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