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Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko)

Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko)
  • 2012
  • Japan
  • 110 min
  • Directed by: Naoko Ogigami
  • Cast: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka, Katsuya Kobayashi
  • Language: Japanese

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Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko)

This engaging comedy probes the loneliness beneath the decorous surface of contemporary Japan. Every day Sayoko pushes a cart along a river, renting out cats to lonely people in order to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. Somehow Sayoko herself, though she has no trouble attracting felines, has a hard time finding human love. 'A film made for cat lovers that will no doubt win over the hearts of anyone who's ever felt a yearning for unconditional companionship'. (Patrick Gamble, Cine-Vue).

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21 Jun 20123 stars

Charming but occasionally repetitive comedy from Japan

Sayoko (Mikako Ichikawa) has a knack for attracting cats. She has so many around her house that she starts renting them out to lonely fellow citizens in need of a little companionship. What nobody knows about Sayoko (except for her exceptionally blunt…

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