Q&A with director Takaomi Ogata

When a high-school teacher is arrested for statutory rape, his sex video is leaked and rumors spread that the girl in it looks just like his student Hitomi. She vehemently denies the accusations, but the hearsay penetrates her previously picture-perfect life, leading to unrelenting harassment and abuse by those around her. The frenzy erupts into a terrifying indictment of society, human nature, and its unconscionable media. Featuring a stark aesthetic that reflects the film’s avoidance of easy answers, The Hungry Lion is a tragic and powerful cautionary tale. North American Premiere