Hotel Royal

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When Masayo Tanaka (Haru) failed to pass her art school entrance exam, she had no choice but to find something else to do with her life. As the daughter of the owner of a Hokkaido love hotel, Masayo feels she has no choice but to follow in her father Daikichi’s (Ken Yasuda) footsteps. Resigning herself to her fate, Masayo takes a position at her family’s business, the Hotel Royal. As she welcomes a variety of patrons to the Hotel Royal, Masayo resigns herself to the fact that one day, she will take over the family business. Not exactly pleased with the prospects of her future, Masayo does a good job of hiding her emotions. But when a double suicide takes place in one of the hotel rooms and her father suddenly falls ill, Masayo’s tough outer shell begins to crack. Faced with the very real possibility of the hotel’s closure, Masayo has no choice but to step in and take charge. Seeing the hotel in an entirely different light, Masayo begins to understand what it really means to her family, its staff, and its patrons. Armed with this new perspective, can Masayo find a way to save the Hotel Royal? Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Shino Sakuragi, “Hotel Royal” is a 2020 Japanese film directed by Masaharu Take.