Out of the Frying Pan…
Gateway | Dragons & Tigers
Hiroshi, 35, doesn’t have a job and spends most of his time in his room, trying to write poetry. He shares the house with his alcoholic widower father Masao, 65, but their lives never intersect. Then Masao tries internet dating and finds Sumiko, 64, on a matchmaking site. Will she overcome their reliance on junk food? Will she manage to clean up the unbelievably cluttered house? And why does she keep collecting frying pans?
Komatsu’s very striking debut film could be the funniest deadpan tragi-comedy since Jim Jarmusch started out. It’s impeccably plotted, endearingly acted and altogether original: a true delight. It’s no doubt entirely coincidental that Komatsu himself is the same age as the son, and does share a house with his father. But the frying pans? They’re pure fiction.
— Tony Rayns