Director Masato Harada will be in attendance

Set in the Edo period, Harada’s first jidai-geki follows the wayward ways of three kakekomi (“runaway women”) who seek freedom from disastrous marriages in the mountain temple of Tokeiji, in Kakamura. But to obtain divorce papers, they must first endure two years of monastic service at the Buddhist nunnery. While their men roam outside the gates, some with regret in their hearts, others with vengeful plots in their heads, romance blooms between one of the woman and an aspiring writer who lives next door. Hilarity and tragedy ensue in this tale of sisterhood, women’s rights, and patriarchal oppression. New York Premiere