Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach’s latest work, “Sorry We Missed You,” which opened in Japan recently, is about the gig economy, the new employment environment surrounding companies like the ride-sharing service Uber that don’t so much hire people as give them access to users.

Loach’s film focuses on an English couple and their two children. The father becomes a franchisee for a delivery company that, despite its insistence he is an independent agent, penalizes him for late deliveries and absences. The mother is a freelance caregiver, who works ungodly hours more out of conscience than out of any monetary gain.

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