Narrative Feature | 95 minutes

HIFF 2017

 Narrative Competition

Directed by
Atsuko Hirayanagi

Produced by
Han West, Yukie Kito, Jessica Elbaum, Atsuko Hitayanagi,,Executive Produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Written by
Atsuko Hirayanagi, Boris Frumin

Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Koji Yakusho, Shioli Kutsuna

2017 | English/Japanese | USA/Japan

In this offbeat tale, OH LUCY! follows Setsuko Kawashima (Shinobu Terajima)—a lonely, chain-smoking introvert who is wasting away at her office job in Tokyo. Setsuko’s world is turned upside down when she meets a charismatic English teacher, John (Josh Hartnett), who draws her out of her shell with the help of a blond wig and the promise of a bold new identity. When John abruptly departs for Southern California, the newly emboldened “Lucy” sets out to find him on a life-altering journey of self-discovery. Based on her award-winning short film, Atsuko Hirayanagi’s charming directorial debut explores the transformative power of individualism.

> Interview with director Atsuko Hirayanagi