Screen can exclusively reveal a first trailer for Japanese director Chie Hayakawa’s dystopian drama Plan 75 ahead of its world premiere in Cannes Un Certain Regard this month.

Celebrated actress Chieko Baishô plays an elderly woman who signs up for a government initiative encouraging senior citizens to be voluntarily euthanised to counter the challenges of a super-aged society.

Rising Japanese actor Hayato Isomura plays a young salesman whose job is to sell the so-called plan 75.

The work expands on Hayakawa’s short of the same name which was made part of the 2018 portmanteau work Ten Years Japan in which Japanese filmmakers imagined their country’s near future.

Hayakawa’s short film Niagara was selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation in 2014.

The film is backed by Eiko Mizuno-Gray and Jason Gray’s Tokyo-based Loaded Films, Urban Factory and Happinet-Phantom Studios, with funding support from Région Ile-­de-France and Fondation Franco-­Japonaise Sasakawa.

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