Yoshio (Yuya Matsuura) lives with his sister Mariko (Misa Wada), who has a disability that requires his constant care. They already struggle to make ends meet, and when Yoshio loses his job due to his own disability, and then finds out that Mariko has been having sex, he succumbs to forcing Mariko into illegal sex work. But Mariko proves to be defiant against her brother’s controlling behaviour, finding pleasure in these frequent encounters with the ‘local clientele’, and Yoshio’s questionable and exploitative attempts to make money begin to fall apart.
Shot over four seasons, Shinzo Katayama’s transgressive debut film is a visually compelling portrayal of the struggle for survival in a capitalist society and the conflicts and uncertainty that modern life throws our way. Siblings of the Cape raises many questions about the moral and physical treatment of vulnerable people, and the importance of having the freedom to explore one’s own sexual and romantic desires versus the ability to give informed consent. Katayama has written, directed, produced, and personally funded a film that is not afraid to go beyond the bounds of conventional storytelling.
We have double passes on offer for the screening of Siblings of the Cape on Sunday, November 17, 5.30pm at Event Cinemas George St, as part of the Japanese Film Festival, with filmmaker Shinzo Katayama in attendance. For your chance to win a double pass, simply email [email protected] with your favourite film about siblings. Most creative entries win.
Siblings of the Cape is screening at the Japanese Film Festival, which is touring Sydney and Melbourne until December 1, 2019