Pumpkin and Mayonnaise

  • Friday, June 1, 19:15 Mousonturm Saal
  • Saturday, June 2, 18:00 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • 南瓜とマヨネーズ
    Kabocha to mayonezu
  • Japan 2017, Blu-ray, 93 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Masanori TOMINAGA
  • Script: Masanori TOMINAGA based on a manga by Kiriko NANANAN
  • Production: Stylejam
  • Camera: Yuta TSUKINAGA
  • World sales: Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures
  • Cast: Asami USUDA, Taiga, Joe ODAGIRI, Ryuya WAKABA, Ken MITSUISHI, Kodai ASAKA
  • European premiere in the presence of the director
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award


Tsuchida is a bartender but also secretly works as a hostess, so as to support her boyfriend Seiichi in his dream to become a musician. Their relationship is upended when Seiichi finds out what sort of boundaries his girlfriend is crossing. Things get even more confusing when Tsuchida’s ex-lover re-enters her life, awaking long-forgotten feelings. PUMPKIN AND MAYONNAISE is the long-awaited adaptation of Kiriko NANANAN’s manga – a sensitive portrayal of the conflicting feelings of a woman caught between two men.

Director's Bio
Masanori TOMINAGA was born in Ehime Prefecture in 1975, and studied at the Nihon University College of Art. His thesis film DOLMEN (1999) received an honorable mention from the international jury at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. His short film VICUNAS (2002) won the Grand Prix at the Mito Short Film Festival. His feature film debut was THE PAVILLION SALAMANDRE (2006).

Kindly supported by YASKAWA Europe GmbH

2006 The Pavillion Salamandre (Pabirion sanshouo / NC ’07); 2007 Konna otona no onnanoko; 2009 Pandora’s Box (Pandora no hako); 2010 Vengeance Can Wait (Ranbo to taiki); 2015 Rolling; 2017 Dynamite Graffiti (Sutenki na dainamaito sukyandaru)


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