Kei Chikaura, 2018 (116m)
Chen Liang is a Chinese immigrant living illegally in Japan. Struggling to make ends meet after buying an expensive fake ID and phone, a lucky break sees Liang offered a job in a soba noodle restaurant - a job that was meant to be for someone else entirely. While he initially struggles with the new job, he proves he is a hard-worker and the restaurant’s elderly chef decides to teach the newcomer how to prepare the perfect noodle. Before long, Liang is adjusting to a promising and comfortable life in a new country - but it also soon becomes clear that his secrets can’t stay hidden forever. A triumphant debut feature from Kei Chikaura, Complicity is a thoughtful and warm-hearted exploration of the experiences of one illegal immigrant in modern Japan - and also a delightful study of the joys of noodle-making. Boasting two superb lead performances - from Lu Yulai as Lliang and veteran Japanese star Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of the Senses, Bright Future) as soba chef Hiroshi - it’s also a celebration of different cultures, and what can happen when they come together.