A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

Synopsis: Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on "Planet", a new social network service. One day, a young man named Tetsuya messages her and asks to meet in person. The two begin dating and quickly become engaged. When Testuya begs Nanami to increase her guest list for the wedding, Nanami reaches out to online-friend, Amuro, a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, who hires actors to play Nanami's guests on her big day. A few weeks following the ceremony, Tetsuya's mother confronts Nanami with allegations of lying and cheating. Heartbroken and despondent, Nanami checks herself into a hotel and manages to get hired there as a maid. One day, Amuro offers Nanami a housekeeping job in an old mansion, whose sole resident's infectious spirit helps Nanami to open her heart. However, Nanami soon realizes that Amuro, the mansion, and its occupant aren't what they seem - and even dreams have limits.
Director(s): Shunji Iwai
Production: Rockwell Eyes
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
179 min


"Where are you?"

"Can you wave?"

"Did you see?"

"What's nearby?"

There's a mailbox.


Are you Nanami?

Yes, I am.

I'm Tetsuya.


I'm sorry to keep you.

I actually got here early

so I wandered around...

...and actually got lost.

I totally panicked.

- Are you okay?

- Yes, I managed to get back.

I found a nice cafe over there.

- Should we try it out?

- Sure.

It's around the corner.

It must be hard finding a public teaching job.

I barely managed to get in.

I'm also a part-time teacher.

That's right.

I'm aiming for full-time, but it's not easy.

It's only getting harder

with people having fewer kids.

I found my boyfriend on

an internet dating site.

It was too easy, like I was shopping online.

He was an easy find for me.

So does that make me...

...an easy girlfriend for him?

Like buying something online...

...easy...with just one click.

I'm going to the store.

I'll go with you.

You're not even up yet.

You must be tired.

Please get some rest.

"Written and directed by iwai shunji"

No running in the halls!

- Morning!

- Good morning.

Stand up!

Take your seats.

Face front...

...and bow.

Sit down.

What is this?

Please use that from now on.

We can't hear you.

We're just joking!

No, it's no joke.

We will now start the lesson.

Open to page 27...

We still can't hear you!

You can use the microphone.

Use it.

She's really doing it.

We will now start the lesson.

Open your books to page 27.

Good afternoon.




Is that you, Nanami?

It's me, Marni.

You were an education major.

Oh, it's you!

Long time no see!

It is.

- You work here?

- Yeah.

I live right nearby.

What time do you get off?

Let's grab dinner.

I work until 5pm.

It's almost time.

Did you wait?

Not at all.

- Shall we?

- Okay.

How about we do hot pot at my place?

Hot pot?

I have some chicken waiting for me.

But it's too much for me.

And some tsukune too.

It's cute how you call them by names.

You think?

Then come on over.

I'll cook.


Over here.

You surprised me.

I would've guessed you to be a teacher.

I'm also a teacher.

But it's only part-time.

I see.


Did you wear glasses?

These are fake.

I don't want my students seeing me working.

But it was obvious.

Really? These didn't work?

Not one bit.

Is your school nearby?

My school isn't around here.

But I couldn't work anywhere nearby.

What about you?

What do you do?

A hostess.


A hostess club.

What does that mean?

I bet you make a lot of money there.

Are you interested?

I can't.

Why not? You're not confident?

Why not?

You're cute.

No, I'm not.

It's a lot of fun.

You just talk for work.

Jobs are all the same...

...and money is important.

I can't go that far for money.

My parents would kill me if they knew.

They think I'm still trying to find a job.

So they're still helping me out.

Thank you for coming in.

Not at all.

Are things at school going well?

Yes, I'm getting by.

We got a call from your school.

Is it true you use a microphone in class?

It's not like that.

It was just once.

I took a student's joke seriously.

I was lectured by the head teacher as well.

It was just once.

Teachers shouldn't be using microphones.

I'm sorry.

It won't happen again.

We weren't offered

another term from the client...

...so your term will be up

at the end of the month.

I'm fired?

Unfortunately in this case, yes.

If I may, a weak voice is

fatal for a school teacher.

I'm sorry.

When will I get my next assignment?

It's hard to say.

Other teachers are waiting too.

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Shunji Iwai

Shunji Iwai (岩井 俊二, Iwai Shunji, born 24 January 1963) is a Japanese film director, video artist, writer and documentary maker. more…

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