Pure Asia

Pure Asia


    Saturday 2 October 5:45pm


108 mins

Director: Ikki Katashima Country: Japan
Writer: Junichi Inoue Original Format: HD-CAM
Dir. of Photography: Atsuhiro Nabeshima Print Source: Pictures Dept.co.ltd.
Producer: kki Katashima, Naoto Monma, Kazuyuki Kitaki
Cast: Hanae Kan, Shige Kasai

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

A Japanese boy and a North Korean girl go on a road trip of grief and revenge after he witnesses the murder of her sister.


Pure Asia follows a nameless Japanese teenager at a time of extreme tension between Japan and North Korea. When a beautiful girl saves him from a mugging she drags him away and onto a train. Hoping to meet her again, the next day he waits outside the station to see if she comes past. When she does, he is shocked to see that she is in Korean dress. As the boy stands helplessly by she is surrounded by a group of Japanese students who bully and eventually kill her.

After watching the funeral from afar, the boy meets the girl’s sister, almost identical to her in appearance but the polar opposite in attitude. Hell-bent on revenge against just about everyone, she drags the boy on a journey of vicious destruction and blind vengeance, culminating in a shocking and unpredictable conclusion reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove in both its absurdity and tragedy.

The director has enticed fresh, invigorating performances from the lead actors and puts equal skill into the camera-work. Shot in stark black and white, Pure Asia is a road movie of grief in all its guises. Shocking, affecting and lent extra strength by it its political resonance, it's a morality tale that shows us that the greatest evil of all comes from those who stand by and do nothing.


All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street