Los Angeles Film Festival
Parade
Parade
Pardo
Narrative Competition
(Japan, 2010, 118 mins)
In Japanese with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Directed By: Isao Yukisada
Producers: Mamoru Inoue, Testsu Kuchigouchi, Atsushi Sugai, Ryuta Inoue
Screenwriter: Isao Yukisada
Cinematographer: Jun Fukumoto
Editor: Tsuyoshi Imai
Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Karina, Shihori Kanjiya, Kento Hayashi, Keisuke Koide
Music: Hirohumi Asamoto
The stylish Parade could easily be mistaken, at first glance, for a Japanese sitcom, as it gathers four twenty-somethings together in a small Tokyo apartment. Roommates for convenience, they don’t have a lot in common. One’s a driven yuppie who works for a film distribution company. Another’s a naïve college boy who carries a torch for a more wordly classmate. Then there’s the aspiring actress, hopelessly pining for a self-absorbed TV star, and the hard-drinking young woman who works as an illustrator and hangs out in gay bars. They don’t question each other’s comings and goings, so no one raises an eyebrow when a streetwise male teen hustler suddenly appears in their living room. How he got there is a mystery, but he becomes a staple in their household. But suspicions and paranoia arise among the group with each new report of a woman brutally attacked in the neighborhood.

Isao Yukisada’s intriguing drama is full of deceptions. Neither the characters nor the movie itself are quite what they first seem. Underneath the pop energy and gentle comedy lie darker undercurrents and unexpected twists. Parade asks us to ponder just how well we know the strangers we call friends, and what, in the name of getting along, we are willing to tolerate.

David Ansen
Expected to attend: Isao Yukisada.
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