Liza, the Fox-Fairy (2015)

This playful, genre-bending black comedy takes place in a fictionalized 1970s Hungary and follows Liza, a bright young nurse who works in a small town sanatorium. She loves all things Japanese and studies the language with Marta, a patient who happened to be married to the consulate of Japan. She even has an imaginary friend – Tony Tani, a Japanese Frank Sinatra type – who often appears to Liza, dancing and singing for her. There’s one thing that’s bringing Liza down however, and it’s her bad luck with men. When she also begins seeing an evil shape-shifting Japanese spirit known as a fox-fairy, a demon known to suck the souls out of men, she thinks maybe her bad luck might have something to do with it. Could Liza be a fox-fairy herself?

Blending Japanese folklore with Amélie-inspired artistic direction, this dark fairytale delivers touches of whimsy and a large helping of Hungarian intensity and humor.

Seattle International Film Festival

Director Karoly Ujj Mészáros will attend the screenings of Liza, the Fox-Fairy at Kinopalatsi 9 on the 18th of September at 8.45 PM and at Maxim 2 on the 19th of September at 8.45 PM.

  • Orig. title: Liza, a rókatündér
  • Country: Hungary
  • Language: Japanese, Hungarian
  • Duration: 97 min
  • Subtitles: English
  • Age limit: K12
  • Distribution: Hungarian National Film Fund
  • Print source: Hungarian National Film Fund


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About the director

Károly Ujj Mészáros

Filmography: Liza, the Fox-Fairy, 2015