Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (おらおらでひとりいぐも), dir. Shuichi Okita, Japan 2020, 138 min., Japanese with English subtitles, PG
Septuagenarian housewife Momoko (Yuko Tanaka) has led a good life, having fled from the Japanese countryside to thriving Tokyo in the year of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and having married the love of her life with whom she raised two children. But plans of spending her golden years with her husband change with his sudden death and Momoko is forced to live alone. Mysterious figures and voices appear before her and liven up Momoko’s life, sometimes with song and dance.
Directing this adaptation of the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, won by the author Chisako Wakatake at the age of 63, Shuichi Okita explores what loneliness means in modern life, particularly for older people. In a thoroughly fun and charming style, he portrays the immeasurable positivity of a woman determined to live on and enjoy her old age.
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