International premiere – Out of competition
SHIMIZU Yasuhiko // Japan // 2019 // 87 min
Cast: Takumi Saitoh, Nagano, Nobuaki Kaneko, SWAY, Julien Koike, Misuzu Kanno
Language: Japanese // Subtitles: English
The story of Manriki narrates the journey of this young and courteous beautician who preys on women that value themselves based on how beautiful they are. Women who obsess over creating a new self through plastic surgery. Manriki promises to help them realize their dream, what they don’t know is he uses the most unorthodox, excruciating and at times deadly procedures to make them fit his own warped notion of beauty, not theirs.
A one-of-a-kind, beautiful looking picture with a touch of experimental and first-class performances by the hand of producer, actor and model Takumi Saitoh. An extraordinary take on what’s truly important in life, a reminder to appreciate what you have and who you are, no matter where you are at or who you are surrounded by.
Manriki is an absolute essential you will love to be there for!
Text: Joana Gil-Rico