Kira Kira Hikaru (1993)

Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Japan , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Joji Matsuoka directs this poignant romantic drama about a love triangle between an alcoholic woman and a gay couple. Hiroko Yakushimaru stars as Shoko, a translator in her late twenties who has low self-esteem and a serious drinking problem. Mutsuki (Etsushi Toyokawa) is a gay doctor in his early thirties. The two meet during an omiai -- a meeting for a prospective arranged marriage. Believing that no man would possibly want to be with her, Shoko picks a fight with Mutsuki. Later, in a chance meeting over drinks, they divulge their respective dark secrets. In order to get their desperate parents off their backs, Mutsuki and Shoko get married. The illusion of normal married life is maintained. Mutsuki returns from work and kisses his wife on the cheek while she merrily irons the sheets. Yet he still goes out with his college-aged boyfriend, Kon (Michitaka Tsutsui), and she still resorts to the bottle.