By Shunji IWAI

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Romance - Completed 2015

Lost a job and forced to divorce, 'Crumbone' meets a girl called 'Rip Van Winkle' online. Two girls' mutual trust leads them to share a room as a housemate, but 'Rip Van Winkle' has a secrecy that results in an unexpected ending.

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2016
Seattle International Film Festival 2016
Asian Crossroads
Shanghai International Film Festival 2016
Australian Japan Film Festival 2016
Tokyo International Film Festival 2016
Director's Tribute: Shunji Iwai
Asian Film Awards 2017
Best Acctress/Best Production Design-Nomination
Helsinki Cineaasia 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Romance, Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Shunji IWAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Shunji IWAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Tomoyuki MIYAGAWA (Nihon Eiga Hoso), Aki MIZUNO (Rockwell Eyes, Inc.), Muneyuki KII (TOEI COMPANY, LTD.)
    • Synopsis
    • Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on “Planet”, a new social network service. One day, a young man named Tetsuya messages her and asks to meet in person. The two begin dating and quickly become engaged. When Testuya begs Nanami to increase her guest list for the wedding, Nanami reaches out to online-friend, Amuro, a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, who hires actors to play Nanami’s guests on her big day.

      A few weeks following the ceremony, Tetsuya’s mother confronts Nanami with allegations of lying and cheating. Heartbroken and despondent, Nanami checks herself into a hotel and manages to get hired there as a maid.

      One day, Amuro offers Nanami a housekeeping job in an old mansion, whose sole resident’s infectious spirit helps Nanami to let joy into her heart. However, Nanami soon realizes that Amuro, the mansion, and its occupant aren’t what they seem – and even dreams have limits.