In Theaters 03.02.2018 or Watch at Home 06.01.2018

Oh Lucy!

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
Film Movement
96 Minutes
USA, Japan
English, Japanese
Drama, Comedy, Asian
Not Rated

Bored Tokyo lady Setsuko (Independent Spirit Award-nominee Shinobu Terajima) breaks free of her monotonous life when her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna) convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class. There, she adopts a blonde-haired alter ego name "Lucy" and develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett).But after his sudden disappearance, Setsuko follows his trail halfway around the world to Southern California, where family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to fulfill the promise of "Lucy."

Director & Cast

  • Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi
  • Starring: Shinobu Terajima
  • Starring: Josh Hartnett
  • Starring: Kaho Minami
  • Starring: Shioli Kutsuna
  • Starring: Megan Mullally




  • "... a chocolate trifle with an arsenic center."
    Andrew Barker, Variety
  • "... has an idiosyncratic charm that pays off in an unexpectedly touching ending."
    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "... seems to play like a standard culture clash comedy but reveals itself to run significantly deeper...[It] has moments of genuine emotional poignancy."
    Nikki Baughn, Screen International
  • "CRITIC'S PICK. The writer-director Atsuko Hirayanagi isn’t selling a packaged idea about what it means to be human; she does something trickier and more honest here, merely by tracing the ordinary absurdities and agonies of one woman’s life."
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times