Fumi and Kazu run a small law firm in downtown Osaka, Japan, where Mary (Kazu’s mother) works part time running errands for the two. Together for 15 years, it hasn’t always been easy gaining acceptance, in a country where their partnership has no legal recognition and stigma is rife.
Through their life and work, we see a snapshot of Japan in transition - a country where collective unity is absolute and often maintained at the expense of individual rights and freedom. Not being part of the majority could lead to prosecution by law and alienation by society at large – as is illustrated by the cases that the two lawyers take on.
OF LOVE & LAW follows the two lawyers as they enter into the lives of their clients; each revealing the challenges of being an individual who is made invisible or silenced by a deeply conformist society, for simply being different. We meet Rokudenashiko, an artist arrested for breaking the obscenity law with her vagina themed art works; Ms. Tsujitani dismissed from her teaching position for not singing the national anthem at a graduation ceremony; Anonymous individuals who have no official legal status in Japan for being born outside of the traditional family structure.
In a country where being a family is the ultimate social status, the lawyers dream of becoming dads - but adoption is not even an option. But one day, Kazu and Fumi find themselves taking in a boy who has suddenly been made homeless, and their world starts to change...
This is a Japanese film with English subtitles and is the seventh in our series of 5@5 independent screenings for this year.
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