This dreamy and exceptional film opens with the recurring obsessions of author Haruki Murakamis Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, said she, on whose short story it is based: namely, sex and the idea of pieces of identity left with or taken by loversThe weekend sought court intervention over oxygen supplies in New Delhi.
Yusuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his wife Oto (Reika Kirishima) are in bed and she begins almost trance-like to tell an erotic story of an infatuated girl sneaking into a boy’s room where she steals or places small items.
Yusuke is a director and actor with a passion for Chekhov, while Oto is a television actress, and together they are building their careers. We see him leave early one morning to drive to the airport in his vintage Saab, but when his flight is cancelled he returns home unexpectedly – never a good idea. He quietly shuts the door and their life goes on as normalcovid in schools.
A couple of years later and Yusuke takes the Saab to Hiroshimat doing much better., on his own, to begin a residency as director of a theatre company which will perform a multi-lingual version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with the actors speaking in their own language (there are subtitles). We spend time around the reading table, hearing feedback he gives to the actors who include the miscast toy boy Koji (Masaki Okada), one of Oto’s lovers.