Complicity (2018)

  • Drama
  • 1h 56m

Chen Liang (Yulai Lu), an undocumented Chinese immigrant in Japan, acquires a fake ID belonging to an existing person through a shady black market transaction. Spending his days doing illicit odd jobs that put him at risk for deportation, a new opportunity (meant for his identity’s real-life counterpart) leads him to a Japanese soba shop where he apprentices for an elderly soba master (Tatsuya Fuji, In The Realm of the Senses) who takes him under his wing. A moving debut feature from director Kei Chikaura, Complicity delivers a compassionate portrait of the immigrant experience in Japan and the struggle to live while in constant fear of being exposed.

  • Nominee, Discovery Award, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection, 2019 New York Asian Film Festival

Complicity implies involvement in a crime. The film, though, is cause for celebration.” —The Japan Times

Streaming in the U.S. from February 5-25 as part of 21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020

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Kei Chikaura


In Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles



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