Anyone who’s completed any type of formal educational program understands the disillusionment that can strike almost immediately after it’s all over. Some call it “postgraduation depression”: a sometimes crippling despondency that can follow the sudden uprooting of your regular routine, the pressure to find employment, the fear of failure, and the anxiety of no longer having your days laid out for you. In his feature debut, Japanese film director Seiji Tanaka explores these familiar issues but heightens the stakes. Kazuhiko, a character reminiscent of the aimless Holden Caulfield, has just graduated and moved back to his parents’ home with no prospects for full-time work. Eventually he starts picking up janitorial shifts at a bathhouse. But when the bathhouse becomes the scene of a series of murders, Kazuhiko realizes his place of employment isn’t as unassuming as it seems. What starts off as a gloomy coming-of-age film quickly spirals into a gritty story about Japan’s criminal underworld. The viewers watch as the sulking yet charming Kazuhiko (played with nuance and skill by Yoji Minagawa) is transformed through this job, finding a surprising sense of purpose and even getting a girlfriend. And yet, it’s clear that his place in this world can’t last. In Japanese with subtitles.