Shin Adachi doesn't go in for conventionally likeable characters. In his breakout film as a screenwriter, "100 Yen Love" (2014), a 30-something woman decides to become a boxer for the sake of a guy who, unequivocally, is a total jerk.

Adachi's directorial debut, "14 That Night" (2016), revolves around the exploits of a junior high-school student hoping to fondle a porn star's breasts.

"I think I'm showing the kinds of foibles that most normal people have," he says with a shrug. "When you just show people as they are, those kinds of elements are going to come out."