Perfect Days

New York Times Critics' Pick
125 mins.
Directed by Wim Wenders
PG
Japanese with subtitles
2024
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Nominated for 1 Oscar:

  • International Feature

Opening Friday, February 23.

Hirayama (Koji Yakusho, Best Actor Winner at Cannes) is content with his life as a toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Outside of his structured routine he cherishes music on cassette tapes, books, and taking photos of trees.

Through unexpected encounters, he reflects on finding beauty in the world.


“In some sense, PERFECT DAYS is a movie about what we lose when everything becomes digitized... The title of PERFECT DAYS is a reference to Lou Reed’s song ‘Perfect Day,’ which plays one morning on Hirayama’s tape deck. ‘You just keep me hanging on,’ the chorus repeats. Hirayama’s way of hanging on involves living with the shadows, appreciating the quality of the sunlight and putting down deep, deep roots.” Alissa Wilkinson. A New York Times Critic's Pick!