Film Review: Complicity (2018) by Kei Chikaura

The Japanese film producer / writer / director Kei Chakaura tackles the topics of immigration, integration, sense of family and food in his feature debut “Complicity”. The film premiered last year in the Discovery competition of Toronto, was shown in Busan and won the audience award at Tokyo FILMeX before its European premiere at the Culinary Cinema sidebar of this year’s Berlinale.

“Complicity” is screening at Helsinki Cine Aasia 2019

Immigrating to Japan sounds like a better idea than it actually is. The economy is basically stagnating for a very long period of time and the immigration and integration policies are quite strict. Most of the people from the neighbouring countries interested in living and working there stand no chance to obtain a visa so, if they want to, they have to explore some illegal options like using a fake identity.

One of those people is a Chinese citizen Cheng-liang (Lu Yulai
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