Presented by Japan Foundation

North American premiere
Selection 2018

KASANE -Beauty and Fate-

Directed by Yuichi Sato

Fri July 20, 2018
7:00 PM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)



Yuichi Sato


Tsutomu Kuroiwa


Tao Tsuchiya, Kyoko Yoshine, Yu Yokoyama, Tadanobu Asano, Rei Dan, Macaulay Callard


Daruma Matsuura


Pony Canyon

Japan 2018 110 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre HorrorThriller

Official selection

Official Selection, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2018

The daughter of famous actress Sukeyo (Rei Dan), known for her great beauty and incredible talent, Kasane (Kyoko Yoshine) must live with a face deformed by a giant scar, even though she is blessed with impressive performing skills. Ashamed of her ugliness, she?s always trying to hide her scar, which led to her extreme shyness. When Sukeyo dies, she leaves her daughter an enchanted lipstick that gives its wearer the power to switch faces with whomever they kiss. One of her mother?s old colleagues, Habuta (Tadanobu Asano), puts her in contact with Nina (Tao Tsuchiya), an arrogant actress who looks divine but is completely talentless. A deal is then made for Kasane to change faces with Nina and thus creating the ultimate actress. But Habuta?s plan is far much crueler than it looks...

An adaptation of Daruma Matsuura?s popular manga, KASANE is a remarkably effective psychological thriller. Director Yuichi Sato (POISON BERRY IN MY BRAIN) delivers a remarkable picture that jumps head first into a complex screenplay that integrates Oscar Wilde?s Salome, which Kasane performs after having taken Nina?s face, into its narrative. Kyoko Yoshine (the PRINCESS JELLYFISH series) and Tao Tsuchiya (RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO) give outstanding performances as they flawlessly change personalities when they swap appearances. Not to mention Tadanobu Asano (THOR, ICHI THE KILLER), who shines in his role as the conniving instigator who will stop at nothing to recapture his past glory through Kasane. With extreme pertinence, KASANE forces us to confront our own superficiality regarding appearances without stuffing the lesson down our throats. An indispensable film for our time. ? Translation: Guillaume Desbiens


Fri July 20, 2018
7:00 PM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)