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This film, which gathered public attention by four actresses who had never acted before together won the best actress award at Locarno International Film Festival, was created through the citizen participation workshop called “Improvisation Acting Workshop in Kobe”. “Happy Hour” became a 5hours17minutes-length-film, in which most of the roles were played by little-experienced actors.

Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI has always made challenging films such as “Intimacies(Shinmitsu-sa)”, a 4hours-length-movie which used students of film school for all the roles, and Tohoku Documentary Trilogy “The Sound of the Waves(Nami-no-oto)”, “Voices from the Waves(Nami-no-koe)” and “Storytellers(Utau-hito)”, a series of films that runs for more than 7 hours alltogher.

Music of Umitaro ABE who was responsible for the music in Yukio NINAGAWA stages also colors the film.


Setting four women in their late thirties as leading characters and carefully focusing their individual families, careers, and relationships, Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI perfectly expresses “ordinary” anxieties and worries of women as a tense drama.
Am I the person whom I really wanted to be? Do I fully put my real feelings into words?
Each word of them, coming out slowly and with hesitation, drives thrilling excitements.
It is a must-see film that produced a very big sensation in Locarno!

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Four crossroads that four women face.

Four women, Atari, Sakurako, Mimi, and Jun, are in their late thirties and thought they were best friends who share anything with until Jun’s secret was revealed…
Sakurako, having a teenage sun, spends her ordinary life to support busy husband but feels a little loneliness.
Fumi also feels unspeakable anxiety at the superficial marital relationship with her husband who works as an editor that both never face each other.
Akari works as a nurse who was being once divorced.
She has difficult time with her incompetent younger colleague and is being approached by a man who she met at the hospital but is not in a mood.

Their uneasiness caused by knowing Jun’s secret becomes, without realizing, an opportunity for them to change their lives.
The four go to Arima Onsen and spend a fun time to have a little comfort but the three doesn’t know Jun’s hidden determination.
They question themselves in a long night.
— Am I the person who I really wanted to be?

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キャスト Cast

Sachie TANAKA as Akari
Hazuki KIKUCHI as Sakurako
Maiko MIHARA as Fumi
Rira KAWAMURA as Jun
  • Yoshio SHIN
  • Hiroyuki MIURA
  • Yoshitaka ZAHANA
  • Shuhei SHIBATA
  • Hiromi DEMURA
  • Hajime SAKASHO
  • Tsugumi KUGAI
  • Yasunobu TANABE
  • Shoko FUKUNAGA
  • Yuichiro ITO
  • Ayumu TONOI

キャスト Cast


A unit formed in Kobe 2013 by film directors Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, Tadashi NOHARA and a scriptwriter Tomoyuki TAKAHASHI

Tadashi NOHARA

Born in Tochigi in 1983. He entered the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2007, where he studied under Kiyoshi KUROSAWA. He directed "Kyoko" starring Shinobu TERAJIMA, a piece of the omnibus "Lush Life" originally written by Kotaro ISAKA. He also made a feature film "Elephant Love" starring Issei ISHIDA. He now works in Kobe after the experiences as CS program AD and a CG production manager. The public release of his latest film "talk to remember" will be at Hiroshima International Film Festival in Nov. 2015.


Born in 1985. He finished his master at Graduate School of Nihon University College of Arts in 2010. He learned script writing whie in college. Then he started his career as scriptwriter for horror OV and web drama, while joining the independent film staff at the same time. His major scripts are "Touching the skin of eeriness"(Director:Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI), "Saigo no Inochi(Final Life)"(original novel:Fuminori NAKAMURA, Director/co-writer:Junpei MATSUMOTO).

Yoshio KITAGAWA / Director of Photography

Born in Okayama in 1982. After he graduated from the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, he started his career as an assistant director of photography for films and commercials. He also participated in indie films as a photographer. He works with director HAMAGUCHI in Tohoku Trilogy and "Intimacies" as well. His other works as a director of photography are the short "Ookina Saifu"(2011, directed by Shin'ichi Sugita) and a feature "Joy of Man's Desiring"(2015, directed by Shin'ichi Sugita).

Umitaro ABE / Music

Born in 1978. Composer. He majored in music at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts and Troisième cycle at Université Paris 8. He is often in charge of Yukio NINAGAWA's theatrical music since 2008, along with other dramas and TV programs. He composed the musical "The cat that lived a million times" choreographed by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak with Rocket Matsu in 2013 and was also a music director(restaged in 2015). The themes of "Nichiyo Bijutsukan"(NHK), "Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Shunkan"(BS Premium), "W-za kara no Shotaijo"(WOWWOW Cinema) are also his works. He has released four albums such as "Cinemashka,chika-chika cinemashka" in 2012 and "The Gardens -Chamber music for Clematis-no-Oka" in 2013.

Executive Producer :Sho HARADA, Katsumi TOKUYAMA
Producer:Satoshi TAKATA, Hideyuki OKAMOTO, Tadashi NOHARA
Associate Producer:靜 健子、HAYASHI Akikiyo
Director : Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI
screenplay : HATANO KOBO(Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, Tadashi NOHARA, Tomoyuki TAKAHASHI)
Director of Photography : Yoshio KITAGAWA
Sound: Izumi MATSUNO
Gaffer : Keijiro AKIYAMA
Assistant Director :Hidekazu TOUCHI, Toru TAKANO
Music : Umitaro ABE
Production : Kobe Workshop Cinema Project(NEOPA,fictive
Publishists : Rui SASAKI, Hideyo IWAI

【special thanks】
野瀬 範久、SASAKI Hideaki、奥野 弘幸、山田 ゆかり
藤島 順二、北川 喜信、野本 幸孝、金森 春樹
芹沢 高志、中山 英之、Silent Voice、坂本 一馬
SAITO Ayako、桜井 敬子、岡村 忠親、MASE Yukie

【Special Cooperation】
Design Creative Center Kobe(KIITO)
Gateway for Directors Japan

2015 / Japan / Color / 317min. / 16:9 / HD

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濱口竜介 Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI / 監督 Director

Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi was born on Dec 16, 1978. After graduating from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Art in Aesthetics in March 2003, he had been working as an assistant directors for film and TV industry for three years. Then, Hamaguchi has studied at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts and got the degree of Master of Film in March, 2008. PASSION is his graduation work which was well-received by the professors including renowned director Kiyoshi Kurosawa and officially selected in the Zabaltegi Section of San Sebastian International Film Festival 2008 as well as Tokyo FILMeX competition. He has been constantly working on films since then. These include the Japan/Korea coproduction film THE DEPTHS (2010) screened in Tokyo FILMeX and a series of documentary Tohoku Trilogy co-directed by Ko Sakai (Sound of the Waves, Voices from the Waves and Storytellers) from 2011 to 2013. The former two of trilogy are composed by interviews of the victims of the devastating Great Japan Earthquake, and Storytellers is a documentary about research activity in Japanese regional folktales.
His recent fiction films are a feature film Intimacies (2012) and Touching the Skin of Eeriness (2013) staring Premio Marcello Mastroianni winner Shota Sometani. He is now based in Kobe and HAPPY HOUR is his first feature fiction in 3 years.


"PASSION" (2008/HD/115min) : Official Selection - San Sebastian International Film Festival and Tokyo Filmex
"I Love Thee for Good" (2009/HD/58min) : Official Selection - Paris Cinema International Film Festival
"THE DEPTHS" (2010/HD/121min) : Official Selection - Tokyo Filmex
"Sound of Waves" * (2011/HD/142min) : Official Selection - 65th Locarno International Film Festival
"Intimacies" (2012/HD/255min) : screening at Polepole Higashinakano
"Voice of the Waves Shinchi Town" * (2013/HD/103min) : Official Selection - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
"Voice of the Waves Kisenuma" * (2013/HD/109min) : Official Selection - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
"Storytellers" * (2013/HD/120min) : Official Selection - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
"Touching the Skin of Eeriness" (2013/HD/54min)
*Sound of Waves, Voice of Waves and Storytellers are co-directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Ko Sakai.

キャスト/スタッフ | Comments

Shigehiko Hasumi



Junko Gosho




Tetsuya Miura



Moon So-ri


映画とは何か 演技とは何か
関係とは何か 幸せとは何か





Cahiers du Cinéma



Carlo Chatrian

”Watching HAPPY HOUR is both a challenge and an adventure. A challenge the 21st century’s communication system requires of us, and an adventure that takes us beyond the traditional format of narrative film to offer a different kind of experience. Spending a little over five hours of our lives on HAPPY HOUR is an activity that I warmly recommend. Not only for the reasons given above, but because Hamaguchi Ryusuke’s film is actually not long at all: indeed, having encountered its four wonderful protagonists, having shared their experiences which are those of everyday life, both major and minor, leaves you wanting to stay with them a little longer. To give them a hug, to help them bear with life’s hard knocks, but also to try and understand ourselves a little more.”

—Carlo Chatrian

Udo Kier






Film de Culte



予告編 | Trailer

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上映中・上映予定/Now playing - New opening

Prefecture Theater Telephone Date
Tokyo Theater Image Forum 03-5766-0114 Dec.26 - Jan.8, 2020Nov.11,16, 18, 20, 22, 2018
December 2015 - Friday, 22 January (Finished)
6 February Saturday 19 Februry Friday
Hyogo Motomachi Eigakan 078-366-2636 Dec. 28 to 30, 2020
Dec. 28 to 30, 2019
Dec. 30, 2018
30 Dec. 2017
24 - 30 Dec. 2016
23, 25, 28 April
Friday, 1 January 2016 - Saturday, 5 December 2015(Finished)
Osaka Cine Nouveau 06-6582-1416 Dec.29 - 30, 2020
Dec.21 - 27, 2019
Dec.29 - 30, 2018
Saturday, Dec.17〜Dec.30, 2016(Finished)
Dec.27 - 29, 2017
Kyoto Demachiza Dec.28,2020~Sat, Oct.20 - Fri. 26, 2018


Date Country Film Festival
April 2017 Ireland Japanese Film Festival
January 2017 Canada Panorama des cinémas du présent 5
January 2017 France Festival du Cinéma Japonais Contemporain
Soleil d'or du public
December 2016 U.S. Japanese Currents
November 2016 Japan 22th Kawasaki Shinyuri Film Festival
October 2016 Japan 29th Tokyo International Film Festival
September 2016 Brazil INDIE Festival
September 2016 Japan Miyazaki Film Festival
July 2016 Mexico Guanajuato International Film Festival
Premio al Mejor Largometraje Internacional de Ficción
July 2016 New Zealand New Zealand International Film Festival
July 2016 U.S. Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
July 2016 Australia the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival
June 2016 Germany the 34th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN
June 2016 China 19th Shanghai International Film festival
June 2016 Taiwan 18th Taipei Film Festival
June 2016 Japan 2016 Kaikyo Film Festival
April 2016 South Korea The 17th Jeonju International Film Festival
April 2016 Spain Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival
El Premio del Público
April 2016 U.S. 59th San Francisco International Film Festival
April 2016 U.S. 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
March 2016 Japan 30th Takasaki Film Festival
March 2016 U.S. New Directors/New Films
January 2016 Netherlands International Film Festival Rotterdam: IFFR
Episodic/Epidemic section
January 2016 Sweden 39th Göteborg Film Festival
January 2016 Hong Kong Hong Kong Independent Film Festival
December 2015 Indonesia 10th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival
November 2015 Singapore 26th Singapore International Film Festival
Asian Feature Film Competition
Best Director
November 2015 France 37th Festival des 3 Continents
International Competition
la Montgolfière d'argent, le prix du public
November 2015 Japan Hiroshima International Film Festival
November 2015 U.S. 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival
November 2015 U.K. 29th Leeds International Film Festival
October 2015 Austria Viennale Vienna International Film Festival
October 2015 U.K. BFI London Film Festival 2015
August 2015 Switzerland 68th Locarno International Film Festival
Concorso Internazionale
Best Actress, Special Mention for Script

上映終了/Recently screened

Prefecture Theater Telephone Date
Osaka Dainana Geijutsu Gekijo 06-6302-2073 Friday, 5 February - Saturday, 23 January 2016
Kyoto Kyoto Minami-Kaikan 075-661-3993 Saturday 20, February 2016 All Night Through
Saturday 23, July 2016 All Night Through
Miyagi Sendai Mediatheque [ Presented by Makunohito ] Sunday, 17 January 2016
Aichi cinema skhole 052-452-6036 Saturday, 23 January - Friday, 19 February 2016
Kagoshima gardens' cinema 099-222-8746 Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 January 2016
Fukuoka KBC Cinema 092-751-4268 Thursday,11 February 2016
Sunday,20 March - Friday,25 March
Yamaguchi YCAM 083-901-2222 11 Feb, 14 Feb, 27 Feb, 27 March 2016
Oct. 30
Ooita CINEMA5 097-536-4512 Saturday,13 February 2016 - Friday, 19 February
Saga Theater CIEMA select 0952-27-5116 Saturday 20 Feb, Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
Nagano Matsumoto CINEMA select 0263-98-4928 Sunday, 21 February 2016
Shizuoka Shizuoka cine-gallery 054-250-0283 Friday, 18 - Saturday, 12 March 2016
Hiroshima Yokogawa Cinema 082-231-1001 ①Tuesday, 15 March 2016 – Monday, 21 March
②Friday, 1 April 2016 – Thursday 7 April
③Sunday, 1 May 2016 – Saturday, 7 May
Yamagata Forum Yamagata 023-632-3220 Saturday, 19 March - Friday, 25 March
Aichi Kariya Nichigeki Saturday, 19 March - Sunday, 10 April
Kanagawa Jack & Betty 045-243-9800 Saturday, 26 March 2016 -Friday, 8 April
Tokyo Theatre Shinjuku 03-3352-1846 Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 28, 30 March - 1 April
11 Aug, 2018
Ehime Cinema Lunatic 089-933-9240 Saturday, 2 April 2016 - Friday, 8 April
Hokkaido Sapporo Plaza2.5[presented by Theater Kino] 011-231-9355 Sunday, 10 April 2016
Hiroshima Cinema Onomichi 0848-24-8222 Saturday, 23 April 2016 - Friday, 29 April
Niigata Niigata Shimin-eigakan Cine-Wind 025-243-5530 Saturday, 30 April - Friday, 6 May
Toyama Forza Sogawa 076-493-8815 Saturday, 7 May - Friday, 13 May
Ishikawa Cine Monde 076-220-5007 Saturday, 7 May - Friday, 13 May
Tokyo Shin Bungeiza 03-3971-9422 Friday, 27 May - Sunday, 29 May
Tokyo Cinema Omori 03-3762-6000 Friday, 4 June - Saturday, 17 June
22 Sep - 5 Oct
Tokyo Bellve Hall [presented by TAMA CINEMA FORUM] 080-5450-7204 Saturday, 11 June
Chiba Kinema Junpo Theater 04-7141-7238 Saturday, 9 July - Friday, 15 July
NYC MoMA Wednesday, 24 Aug. - Tuesday, 30 Aug.
Seoul 시네마테크 KOFA Tuesday, 6 Sep., Friday, 9 Sep. 2016
New Haven, CT Yale University Friday, 16 Sep. 2016
Bangkok BACC Saturday, 24 Sep. 2016
Hyogo Himeji City Culture Center 079-281-8007 Saturday, 1st October
Saitama Long film theater | Saitama Triennale2016 048-829-1225 Friday, 7 October
Yamanashi Theater Isawa 055-262-4674 Saturday, 9 July - Friday, 22 July(finished)
Oct. 22〜Nov. 11
Cambridge, MA Harvard Film Archive Saturday, 12 November
Princeton, NZ Princeton University (609) 258-3000 Monday, Dec.5〜Dec.6
Tokyo Pole Pole Higashinakano 03-3371-0088 Saturday, Dec.12〜Dec.28
Kyoto Rissei Cinema 080-3842-5398 Friday, 19 - Saturday, 6 February 2016
Dec. 24 - Jan. 6
Queens, NY Museum of the Moving Image Saturday, December 31 2016
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Cinematheque Sunday, January 15 2017
Ann Arbor, MI Univ. of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Friday, January 20 2017
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday Feb. 4 2017
Niigata Takada Sekaikan 025-520-7626 Saturday, Feb. 4, 5 2017
Bloomington, IN The Ryder February 4 - February 13, 2017
Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Sunday, February 26, 2017
Seatle, WA Northwest Film Forum Wednesday, March 8, Friday, March 10, 2017
Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center Saturday, March 11, Sunday March 12 2017
Seoul KOFAxJapan Foundation Sunday, March 26, Friday March 31 2017
Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Museum of Art Sunday, April 2, 2017
Nashville, TN Belcourt Sunday, April 2, 2017
Santa Fe, NM CCA April 8-9, 2017
Berkely, CA UC Berkely Sunday, May 14, 2017
Kyoto Kyoto Art Theater(Nichibunken 30years aniv.) Friday, May 26, 2017
Taipei Broadway Cinema, Showtimes Cinema Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
London BFI Southbank Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tottori Tottori Prefectural Museum Saturday, Aug. 18&25, 2018
Montréal Cinémathèque Québécoise Thrusday, Aug. 9 - 16, 2018
Hyogo KIITO Sat, Nov.10, 2018
Busan BCC Cinematheque Nov. 28, 30, Dec.2, 2018
Queensland, Australia QAGOMA Sun. 16 Dec 2018
Tokyo Shimotakaido Cinema 03-3328-1008 March 16, 21, 24, 27, 2019