Josh Hartnett stars in Japanese-American comedy


Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the American-Japanese drama “Oh Lucy!” from Friday to Thursday. The film is in Japanese and English, with Japanese dialogue subtitled in English.

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, “Oh Lucy!” follows Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), an emotionally dissatisfied single woman seemingly stuck with a lackluster and meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named Lucy. The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears from the classroom, Setsuko sets out to find him. Meanwhile, family ties and past lives are put to the test as she struggles to preserve Lucy’s dream and promise.

The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where Hirayanagi was nominated for the Camera d’Or and the Critics’ Week Grand Prize. Hirayanagi received the NHK Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and the film was also nominated for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Variety writes that “Terajima is irresistible in the lead role”. The film has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film lasts 95 minutes and is unrated. Admission is $ 7, $ 6 for students and military, and $ 5 for members. Tickets are available at the door and in advance at the box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com. Show hours are Friday and Saturday at 4.15 p.m. and 7.15 a.m., Sunday at 1.15 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. and Monday to Thursday at 7.15 a.m.


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