Life has not been kind to Haru (Hikari Mitsushima) – the young girl is struggling to finish college, constantly trying to overcome her shyness and looking to escape her dreary relationship with her lover, Ryota (Tasuku Nagaoka). The boyfriend is a heartless misogynist who abuses her and makes her feel unworthy of respect or happiness. As a result, Haru is fairly detached from her life and passively endures whatever cruelness is thrown her way. This goes on until she meets Riko (Eriko Nakamura), a medical artist who engineers prosthetic body parts and who also happens to be bisexual.
Initially two strangers in a café, Haru and Riko develop a gripping and intimate relationship. Haru is introverted and gentle, studying English Literature, whereas Riko’s bold and headstrong personality quickly transforms their friendship into something more. However, the student soon finds that her university colleague, Tetsu (Ryu Morioka), has a crush on her, which makes her second guess her relationship with the newfound artist. On the other hand, Riko admits to Haru that she does not like girls or boys, but rather is attracted to certain people, regardless of their gender. When the prosthetic artist meets Tohko (Rino Katase), a kooky, cheerful woman who has lost one of her breasts to cancer, Riko is forced to choose between her connection to her client and her love for Haru.
“Kakera will delight those with a genuine interest in the subtleties of Japanese culture.”
“Gay or straight, “Kakera” tells us, love can burn out as quickly as it flames up. And we’re all pieces of kindling for the fire.”
— Japan Times
Did You Know?
Although the film was inspired from Erica Sakurazawa’s manga Love Vides, Kakera: A Piece Of Our Life director admits that she changed around 80% of the storyline. Moreover, Momoko Andô claims she drew on painful memories from her own past in order to create the script.
At a Q&A for the Raindance Film Festival which she attended, the director asked the audience if they noticed that there was a series of drag queens which appeared throughout her movie. Momoko Andô’s takeaway from the film and the core message she wanted to convey to the viewers is that “it really doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, it’s more important how you live your life as a human being”. Review our Gay Themed Films Here