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Mori, the Artist's Habitat

1h 39m Comedy, Biopic 2018

In the last 30 years of his long life, reclusive artist Morikazu Kumagai (1880-1977), aka Mori, almost never left his Ikebukuro home. Instead, he took pleasure in a daily routine of observing the cats, fish, birds and insects living in his luxuriant garden for hours, eventually rendering them into his distinct paintings. Featuring a colorful cast headlined by screen legends Tsutomu Yamazaki (Tampopo) and Kirin Kiki (Still Walking), this delightful, offbeat comedy directed by Shuichi Okita (The Mohican Comes Home) imagines a day in the life of Mori and Hideko, his wife of over 50 years, as they entertain a throng of welcome and unwelcome visitors, including a pair of condo developers whose encroaching presence signals the end of an era.

  • Best Supporting Actress (Kirin Kiki), 2018 Hochi Film Awards

“★★★★☆” —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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Shuichi Okita


In Japanese with English subtitles



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