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Naoko Ogigami
Country of origin and year
Japan 2012
110 minutes
Rated 12A
Cast: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka.

Japanese with English subtitles

A hit with audiences at EIFF 2012, this engaging comedy probes the loneliness beneath the decorous surface of contemporary Japan. Every day Sayoko pushes a cart along a river, renting out cats to lonely people in order to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. Somehow Sayoko herself, though she has no trouble attracting felines, has a hard time finding human love...

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A gentle charmer of a film, Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko) wallows in its quirky feline fun.. (Screen Daily, Mark Adams)

Director/screenwriter Naoko Ogigami crafts an impeccably cute and often humourous film with a fun narrative. (EatSleepLiveFilm, David Rowley)

Naoko Ogigami's Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko, 2011) is a delightfully twee story of self discovery which successfully blends elements of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie (2001) with the sweet sentiment of Studio Ghibli.
A delightful slice of Japanese pop culture, Rent-a-Cat is just as twee and whimsical as you'd expect…
Rent-a-Cat is a film made for cat lovers that will no doubt win over the hearts of anyone who's ever felt a yearning for unconditional companionship. (cine-vue, Patrick Gamble)

Berlinale (2012)
Far East FF (2012)
EIFF 2012
Athens FF (2012)
Warsaw FF 2012
Taipei Golden Horse FF 2012
Stockholm IFF 2012


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