Chihayafuru Part 2
Sponsored by Japan Foundation
Official Selection: Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2016, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2016
Following the tectonic climax of CHIHAYAFURU, our beloved karuta team is now in deep disarray! The collegial competitions have taken their toll, the national championships are fast approaching, and the team’s fearless leader Chihaya has gone off the rails! Indeed, when she learns that she will soon go toe-to-toe with the nearly supernaturally talented Shinobu, Queen of Karuta, Chihaya’s once-healthy obsession grows into a destructive fixation! If once thorns in the team’s side, due to their self-doubt and personality quirks, it is now Kanade, Yusei, and Tsutomu’s turn to look after their leader, and return the team to its former glory! Meanwhile, questions remain: will Arata ever come back to the fold? Can Chihaya get out of her funk and assure her team’s legacy?
The answers to these questions, and more, are in CHIHAYAFURU PART 2! At once sweet, energetic and true to the roller-coaster ride that is life’s many friendships, gains and losses, the spectacular conclusion to Nori Koizumi’s joyous live-action karuta epic ups the ante, all the while resolving the series' many dangling threads! Picking up right where the first film left off, Koizumi reunites with the brilliant cast – which now includes more of the legendary Jun Kunimura (ATTACK ON TITAN, PARASYTE, THE WAILING) and the mesmerizing Mayu Matsuoka (LOVE EXPOSURE) in the role of Shinobu! As the Queen, she is equal parts ruthless and kawaii, bringing the series’ biggest foe to life with great spunk and vigour. So keep your ear to the ground, get your cards ready, and strap in for the karuta duel of a lifetime!
— Ariel Esteban Cayer