“Love is strange,” goes the song. But aren’t lovers stranger? Maybe not you, but what about your middle-aged pal, besotted with a girl young enough to be his daughter? What could he be thinking? And “strange” is no longer the descriptor many would use. How about the various synonyms for “disgusting”?
However, in “Her Father, My Lover” (“Tomodachi no Papa ga Suki”), veteran television commercial director Kenji Yamauchi’s ensemble drama, the shoe is on the other generational and gender foot. Its youthful heroine Maya (Wako Ando), with her round nerd glasses, earnestly informs her friend, Taeko (Yukino Kishii), that Taeko’s dad, Kyosuke (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), is her type. “You’re perverted,” says Taeko, one of the film’s saner characters. Maya smilingly insists that she is completely serious — and proceeds to aggressively seduce the baffled Kyosuke. What could go wrong?