MON | 21. 1. | 18:00
Director: ISHII Yûya • Staring: ISHIBASHI Shizuka, IKEMATSU Sôsuke, MATSUDA Ryûhei
The poetic-philosophic film by young and progressive director Yūya Ishii who has previously intrigued western viewers at the Berlinale and other global festivals with films such as The Great Passage, the winner of the Japan Film Academy Award for the Best Director in 2013, is a coming-of-age story of teenagers in modern-day Tokyo who do not fit in the classic Japanese society. Ishii has created a fresh and dynamic story of human relationships, economic pressures, professional challenges, perseverance and the role of chance in the life of young people. Shinji is a construction worker who works on the site being prepared for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and Mika is a nurse and bartender. It might appear to be a film about losers on the verge of society, but their story is powerful and they eventually find their place in their own micro-world. The film uses interesting, dynamic edits contrasting with slow motion segments and is underscored by an original sound design that takes the viewer to today’s Tokyo in an enthralling way.