SAT |  25. 9.  |  18:00

TEN YEARS   |   十年

2018  |  99 min   |   production: Hirokazu Koreeda (JP), Andrew Choi (HKG)   |   Director: Chie Hayakawa, Yúsuke Kinoshita, Megumi Tsuno, Akiyo Fujimura, Kei Ishikawa   |   Staring: Satoru Kawaguchi, Kinuo Yamada, Motomi Makiguchi, Kinuo Yamada, Jun Kunimura, Hana Sugisaki, Tetsushi Tanaka, Oshiró Maeda, Masaki Miura, Chizuru Ikewaki, Shima Tabata, Taiga Nakano, Hana Kino, Chizuru Ikewaki

The anthological dystopia about Japan in 2028 is a continuation of Ten Years, a project produced in Hong Kong by Andrew Choi who, back in 2015, envisioned Hong Kong in 2025 as a megalopolis ruled by the Chinese communist doctrine. The Japanese take of the futuristic vision of a country ten years into the future does not accentuate the political theme; instead, helmed by the Oscar-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda as the producer, five young directors focus on the transformation of Japanese society, easily abusable due to the submissive Japanese mentality and the ubiquitous digitisation. In Plan 75, Chie Hayakawa points to demography – elderlies over 75 years of age are offered mass euthanasia with a view to solving the economic problem of the ageing population. In Mischievous Alliance, director Yúsuke Kinoshita watches a group of five rebellious children in a school governed by Promise, a digital system that sends painful impulses to their brains in response to any display of disobedience of the school regulations. Still, the children rebel and, along with a horse to be slaughtered, they flee at night into hitherto unknown “wild” nature of the forest. There, the horse meets its natural death and the children get to experience a completely new emotion of fear of the wilderness along with the feeling of freedom. The famous Jun Kunimura plays the school’s old janitor, a lone surviving “human” element in the film. In Data, director Megumi Tsuno takes viewers to a modest household of a widowed father whose daughter obtains a “digital inheritance” record for her mother and, along with a young administrator of the digital legacy, uses old video recordings to form her relationship to her deceased mother, her secret true father, her kind official father, and the young data administrator. Despite the digital evidence, people still have the right to keep their privacy secret. Akiyo Fujimura’s That Invisible Air segment covers the environmental theme – the depressing situation in a dark underground city where people hide from the radiation after the explosion of a nuclear power plant. In the brutal environs underground, we witness the friendship of two little girls who wish to see the sunlight and feel the invisible touch of the wind. They eventually succeed to experience the sensations, albeit at the cost of irradiation. Director Kei Ishikawa’s vision of a future war of intercontinental missiles works with the submissiveness of an official played by the popular Taiga Nakano and the authenticity of Hana Kino. “Ask what you can do you for your beautiful country”, says a poster with a flag and an aircraft contour against a starry sky, which the Ministry of Defence uses to draft young men to the military forces. All the segments of the film are probes into the submissive Japanese mentality, which can evolve into a future that will threaten mankind. 

(c)2018 “Ten Years Japan” Film Partners