10 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies 2016 – The Bride of Rip Van Winkle – リップヴァンウィンクルの花嫁 (Shunji Iwai)

Not that winning Best Actress in Berlin Film Fest for Our Little House is Haru Kuroki’s only accolade. In fact, she has won a few already in Japan, including Best Supporting Actress at the Japan Academy for the same movie. 

She is not your typical actress or celebrity. She will never be on the same list as the AKB48 performers or even Emi Takei and some other glam girls. She’s in a different league – an actress who loves to portray different, offbeat characters.


In The Bride of Rip Van Winkle, she got another role to add to her already impressive acting resume:

Dispatched teaching staff member Nanami (Haru Kuroki) meets Tetsuya through SNS and decides to marry him. She doesn’t have many relatives and turns to ‘Nandemo Ya’ run by Amuro (Gou Ayano). She asks the agency to send people to her wedding and for some to pretend they are her relatives.

Early in her marriage, Nanami finds Tetsuya having an affair, but her mother-in-law, Kayako, insists Nanami is having an affair. Due to this, Nanami has to leave her home. Amuro gives Nanami, who is in trouble, odd part-time jobs.

Shunji Iwai, the director, and writer of the new film, also did Hana and Alice and Lily Chou Chou among others. If you’ve seen both these movies, then you know the style of Iwai. 

Gou Ayano joins the cast, a reunion with Kuroki after The Flowers of Shanibar.

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