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World Cinema

Room Laundering

Year 2018
Runtime 109 mins
Language Japanese
Subtitles English

Shy and preferring to keep to herself, Miko has with the perfect family job working for her uncle, as a “room launderer": when someone pays to move into a rental unit where the previous tenant has died of unnatural cases, such as murder or suicide, the room launderer will purify it. This is done by staying on the property long enough to clear its manager from the legal requirement to inform future tenants of the tragedy. Miko’s only problem is she can see and talk to the dead. Although she has no idea why she has this ability, or inclination to use it, the spirits all come to rely on her for their eternal salvation.

With an eclectic mix of characters she meets along the way, ROOM LAUNDERING is an incredibly fun first feature, blending quirky comedy and light-hearted drama.

Written by Brenda Lieberman

Fantasia International Film Festival 2018

Community Partner: Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary


Kenji Katagiri
Executive Producer
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Tomoo Ezaki
Mitsuo Nishio
Kano Kawashima
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