A Painful Pair


Time Out says

DV-shot Japanese indie with an interesting premise (a young husband and wife literally feel each other's pain) - which it squanders on a mixture of farce and comedy of embarrassment. The husband Ryo (Nishijima) is a teacher, stalked by an overweight female pupil; the wife Natsu (Tadano) is an office worker harassed by a gloomy, no-hoper colleague (Suzuki, reprising a persona established in his One Piece! shorts). It aims for a kind of kooky charm, but it's clumsily directed and the underlying attitudes seem deeply misanthropic. The supporting cast includes two other indie directors, Hara and Hiroki, neither very funny.


Release details

112 mins

Cast and crew

Hisashi Saito
Hisashi Saito
Hidetoshi Nishijima
Miako Tadano
Takuji Suzuki
Yuho Tadano
Kazuo Hara
Ryuichi Hiroki
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