Japan Foundation

International Premiere
Selection 2022

Tang and Me

Directed by Takahiro Miki



Takahiro Miki


Arisa Kaneko


Kazunari Ninomiya, Hikari Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa, Shinya Kote, Nao

Japan 2022 116 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre ComedyFamilyScience-Fiction

Ken, a former doctor in training, has decided to give up everything since the tragic death of his father. In fact, he does nothing but play video games. One morning, he finds a small rusty robot named Tang behind his house and tries to chase it away. The droid follows him home and arrives just in time to see him kicked out by his wife Emi. Tang is immediately attached to his new friend and doesn't let go, but Ken wants to get rid of him as soon as possible by swapping him for a newer model to give to Emi. He fails miserably, but he meets a designer who sees something unique in Tang, suggesting that it can hold a lot more than its dilapidated frame suggests. He's right on target, as thugs are already on their tail to take the robot. Ken and Tang's journey soon turns into a perilous adventure where the notorious slacker must shake off his torpor, open his heart to his cute partner, and maybe even win Emi back.

Set in a realistic future where delivery drones flood the skies and humans interact with androids on a daily basis, TANG AND ME features the cutest robot in a long time, a kind of rusty Baby Yoda! A heartwarming family sci-fi feelgood movie, Takahiro Miki's adaptation of the English novel A Robot in the Garden is visually majestic. Starring Kazunari Ninomiya (GANTZ), the leader of the J-Pop behemoth Arashi, as well as the excellent Hikari Mitsushima (Fantasia acting award-winner for LOVE EXPOSURE and SAWAKO DECIDES), TANG AND ME is perfect for fans of Japanese popular culture who would like to introduce their children to this imaginary world that we love. – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg