30-year-old Sunada seems to have it all: a successful career as a director for TV commercials, a kind husband, and a stylish Tokyo home far from her rural hometown. Behind the scenes, however, she’s having an affair with a married industry senior, is disconnected from her aloof partner, and growing increasingly anxious about the longevity of her career in an industry with little space for women at the top. Memories of a simpler time spent running in muddy fields and napping on tatami mats draw Sunada to her backwater Ibaraki hometown for an overdue visit to her frail grandma.
Spurred along by her free-spirited friend Kiyoura (Eun-Kyung Shim; Train to Busan), Sunada’s impulsive Ibaraki homecoming proves just as complicated as her Tokyo life. Between the strained family relationships, the roots of her complex identity slowly come into focus.
Blue Hour is a sensitive and artistic début feature film from director Yuka Hakota, revealing complex nuances of intimacy across relationships and the passing of time.
2019 Shanghai International Film Festival, Asian New Talent Award
- Winner, Best Director
- Nominee, Best Film
2019 Taipei Film Festival, International New Talent Competition
- Nominee, Grand Prize