Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Daughters (UK Premiere)
Japan, 2020

Feature, Focus Japan, UK Premiere,
Directed by
Hajime Tsuda
Running time
104 min mins

Daughters is about Koharu and Ayano, two young women who share an apartment in Tokyo. They are inseparable and all they care about is having fun. But change comes to their lives when Ayano suddenly becomes pregnant. She’s not sure who the father is, but decides to have the baby anyway. Koharu makes up her mind to stay by Ayano’s side and support her, but the pregnancy gradually transforms their lifestyle and challenges their friendship. Following ten months in the lives of two women in a committed relationship, Daughters challenges conventional ideas about what a family should mean, stimulating debate on whether a film needs to feature LGBT storylines in order to present an alternative queer perspective.

Director Bio

Hajime Tsuda is an artist and leading event director in the Japanese fashion world. His work focuses on the diversifying lifestyles and values of contemporary women, using painterly visuals complemented by evocative emotional portraiture. Daughters is his first film.

Additional info

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.


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