TODA Hikaru Of Love＆Law
© Nanmori Films
Minami Kazuyuki (Kazu) and Yoshida Masafumi (Fumi) are partners "in love and law," running the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. They attract a range of clients who deviate from the norms of a nation that prides itself on conformity, including members of sexual minorities, children with disabilities, a teacher dismissed for not standing during the national anthem, a female artist prosecuted for her work depicting female genitalia, and a man without a family registry. One day, a boy comes to live with Kazu and Fumi as a lodger. The film addresses the emotions that arise among people even if their relationships have no familial or legal basis. In powerful yet gentle and non-ideological strokes, it paints a sweeping picture of personal freedom and the meaning of family.
- Born 1983 in Kanagawa, Japan
- Based in Oosaka prefecture, Japan
Toda Hikaru lived in the Netherlands from the age of 10 to 22. She studied social psychology at Universiteit Utrecht and visual anthropology and performance art at the Graduate School of the University of London. During these years, she cultivated the stance of embedding herself in the lives of subjects, observing and documenting them as a researcher. Afterwards she was based in London for 10 years, and produced films in various countries as a director and editor. Her films were broadcast by NHK, the BBC, ABC, the Guardian and others, and screened at numerous international film festivals such as Melbourne International Film Festival. Of Love & Law, which emerged from her pursuit of questions she harbored as an "outsider" who moved back to Japan after 22 years, has earned many awards.
Selected Works & Awards
|2018||42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival, Documentary Competition Firebird Award, Hong Kong|
|2017||Tokyo International Film Festival 2017, Japan Cinema Splash Best Picture Award|
Aichi Arts Center Art Space A (12F)
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.