During his highly structured daily routine, Hirayama listens to his rock music tapes and enjoys the everyday beauty around him. He is perfectly content with his simple life cleaning public toilets in Tokyo designed by famous architects.
Come and watch this deeply moving character study about finding beauty in the everyday world around us, seen through the eyes of a toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Winner of the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Language: Japanese/English, subtitles: English
Named after the famous Lou Reed song, Perfect Days gives an insight into the daily life and work of a man named Hirayama. He has a love for music, books, and trees, which he photographs. Some unexpected encounters gradually reveal more about his past. The film captures small gestures and pleasures with great empathy and clarity. Just as Hirayama catches the sunlight on camera through the foliage of trees.
This calm film takes its’ time to portray a man who cleans well-designed toilets in Tokyo. This may sound boring, but thanks to the excellent acting and the detailed emotions on actor Kôji Yakusho’s face, the film draws you in and at the end you wish you could go to Tokyo and hug him.
Simplicity rules and flows in Wim Wenders' surprising gem Perfect Days, a film about a Japanese cleaner in harmony with routine. The pace will give you plenty of time to reflect on your own desire to chase happiness. Are you on the right track?
The film committee recommends this film, because it's a welcome reminder of simple contentment.
This film is being shown during the TU/e Career Expo on purpose. It will challenge you to think beyond the standard goals in life as it illustrates how to be happy with the simple things in life.
The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or and won the awards for Best Actor (Kôji Yakusho), and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Perfect Days is another masterwork from Wenders, a recognition of life’s curiosities, the small details that make it all worthwhile, and finding beauty in the overlooked things in life.” Collider
“It builds, in the process, to a stunning and genuinely moving crescendo.” IndieWire
“The director has crafted a film of deceptive simplicity, observing the tiny details of a routine existence with such clarity, soulfulness and empathy that they build a cumulative emotional power almost without you noticing.” The Hollywood Reporter
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The screening of the film starts at 19:30 sharp (no pre-film advertisements) and the cinema hall opens at 19:10. We kindly ask you to be at the ticket counter at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the film. This is to ensure the film starts and ends on time.
The Studium Generale film program is selected in collaboration with the Student Film Committee and Natlab.