Directed by Koji Fukada • 2019 • Japan
Starring Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa, Sosuke Ikematsu
Koji Fukada’s follow-up to his prize-winning HARMONIUM is an arresting thriller that unfolds as a time-shifting puzzle to be pieced together, bit by tantalizing bit. Ichiko (Mariko Tsutsui) is an in-home nurse who has worked for the elder matriarch of the Oishi family for years and regards them as her own kin. When a teenage daughter of the Oishi clan is kidnapped—and the perpetrator is revealed to be none other than Ichiko’s nephew—Ichiko’s life begins to unravel. Built around a riveting performance from Tsutsui, A GIRL MISSING is a gripping tale of guilt, revenge, and a woman coming undone from one of Japan’s leading filmmakers.