Love Life

Tender Japanese family drama about the complexity of human relationships and dealing with big emotions like love and grief.

Please note that this film is in Japanese, Korean spoken with Dutch subtitles
Time & Tickets

A tangled web of romantic histories is vividly surveyed in this new feature from Japanese director Kôji Fukada (A GIRL MISSING, HARMONIUM). Taeko and Jiro are a happy, ordinary couple in their thirties with parallel careers in social services and an adorable, precocious six-year-old son. To look at them, you would never guess that the story of their union would be so fraught, yet unresolved complications from their respective pasts emerge and demand to be reckoned with. They plan a surprise 65th birthday party for Jiro’s father, but he’s so disapproving of Taeko that he can barely look at her. Meanwhile, Jiro’s colleague invites someone to the party not knowing that she is the woman Jiro was engaged to marry when he met and fell in love with Taeko.

As uncomfortable interactions accumulate, the family is suddenly struck by tragedy. In its wake, both Taeko and Jiro find themselves pulled back into the orbits of their former lovers, who tempt each of them with the promise of regaining something precious that’s been lost.

Intricately plotted and acted with great vulnerability, LOVE LIFE is a revelatory foray into the disparate itineraries that bring two individuals into a marriage. (source:

Kôji Fukada, Japan, 2022, 123 min. Japanese & Korean spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Kento Nagayama, Fumino Kimura, Marika Yamakawa, Atom Sunada, Win Morisaki.