In the universally acclaimed offbeat dramedy, OH LUCY!, bored Tokyo office lady Setsuko (Independent Spirit Award-nominee Shinobu Terajima) breaks free of her monotonous life when her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna), convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class. There, she adopts a blonde-haired alter ego named “Lucy” and develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). But after his sudden disappearance, Setsuko follows his trail halfway around the world to Southern California, where family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to fulfill the promise of “Lucy.”
The darkly comical East-meets-West feature was expanded from director Atsuko Hirayanagi’s festival favorite short film of the same name, which garnered admiration, accolades and 35 awards at prestigious festivals the world over including Cannes and Sundance. Executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the feature-length version was shot in Tokyo and Los Angeles with a supremely talented ensemble cast in 2016.
Critics and audiences alike have fallen for OH LUCY!, which retains a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score months after release. Randy Myers of The Mercury News says the film is “quite the find from talented filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi. What a debut!” Inkoo Kang of The Wrap says that OH LUCY! is a “tense, observant, and heartfelt accomplishment.” Adam Graham of The Detroit News calls the film “[a] compelling oddball drama.” And, Andrew Lapin of NPR calls it “a very smart indie drama about cross-cultural exchange.”
Shinobu Terajima (Dear Etranger, Star Sand, Akame 48 Waterfalls)