Mari ASATO 安里麻里

Under Your Bed

Nippon Cinema   ª 

Naoto is a disturbed young man who prefers the company of aquarium fish over human companionship. When he accidentally runs into Chihiro, an acquaintance from his youth, he starts to obsessively follow her and secretly enters her apartment. As a result, he starts a chain of events with unpleasant consequences for everyone involved. In her latest feature, Mari ASATO turns the rules of the stalking thriller upside down. She combines a grim portrait of interpersonal dynamics with classic suspense and surprising twists, not shying away from graphic depictions of sexual violence. One of the most controversial films of this year’s selection.

Tue, 09. June 2020

Sun, 14. June 2020

Vimeo on Demand

German premiere

, Original with English subtitles

Territories: Germany

Female Futures? Violence Horror


Japan 2019

98 minutes


Mari ASATO based on a novel by Kei OISHI



Director's Bio

Mari ASATO was born in Okinawa in 1976. She started her career in 1999 as a photographer under Kiyoshi KUROSAWA during the filming of BARREN ILLUSIONS. After working as an assistant director, among others for Hiroshi TAKAHASHI and Akihiko SHIOTA, she made her feature film debut in 2004 with GIRLS FOR INDEPENDENCE, which was screened at Nippon Connection Film Festival in 2005, alongside her short film THE BOY FROM HELL. Since then, she has directed several feature films, mostly in the genre field, with an emphasis on horror.

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