[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
• MATSUDA Hiroko
• OSHIDA Kosuke
[ Cast ]
• SUNEOHAIR Jyonen
• TOMOSAKA Rie Tae
• HONJO Manami Asako
• MURAI Ryota Ryuta
• KOBAYASHI Kaoru
[ Staff ]
• Screenplay: KATO Naoki
• Original Story: GENYU Sokyu
• Screenplay: SAKO Dai
• Music: OTOMO Yoshihide
• Cinematography: KONDO Ryuto
[ Production Company ]
BANDAI VISUAL, Bitters End, FUKUSHIMA-MINPO CO., Fukushima Television Broadcasting Co., Frontier Works, OFFICE SHIROUS
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
Release Date: December 25, 2010
Running Time: 113 min
Genre: Drama, Feature
Screening Format: 35mm
Screen Size: American Vista (1:1.85)
Sound Processing: DTS
[ Story ]
A human drama based on the novel of the same name by Genyu Sokyu, Akutagawa Prize-winning author and Buddhist monk. This film marks the directorial debut of Kato Naoki, alumni of the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, where such greats as Kitano Takeshi teach. The film was officially invited to be shown at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Jonen (Suneohair) is a monk with problems: He is depressed and unable to live without his medication. A former musician, his love for music is rekindled and he tries to organize a local live concert… but some of the temple’s patrons don’t like what they see.
[ Official Site ]
Abraxas is the primordial deities, which contains both good and evil.
For a god everything is easier, you know. In the world of men good and evil are fighting inside of poor mortals sometimes creating discomfort, sometimes dissociating tensions. And it is moreover a noisy battle. And ‘what happens in Jonen, Buddhist monaco who works part-time in a temple in a small town in the northeast of Japan, former punk rocker, who struggles to come to terms with the “noise “inwardly. Jonen has attempted suicide in the past, you impasticca to keep depression at bay, but at the same time living a seemingly normal lives, divided between the family – his wife and 5 year old son – and the temple, which is followed by Genshu master. At one point Jonen realizes that the only way to deal with their own demons is to take a dip into the past and thrown back in the only element which recognizes a saving power: the music. So he decides to organize a live concert.
He will come up against the resistance of his wife, of some people of the town where he lives; He will face the pain of the loss of his friend Yohei, who commits suicide in the meantime. But eventually the show will take place in the open space in front of the temple. And everything suggests that as a result of that cathartic moment the demons subside. We have no way of knowing whether it is an ultimate goal or just a temporary truce.
The film, inspired by the novel Geny ū S ōkyū , was presented at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. The director Kat ō Naoki, who studied filmmaking with Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano, said they had decided to make the film after being dall’insanità he has been fascinated by human frailty and almost visually expressed in the book.
Abraxas is an exciting movie. It is perhaps because it is not so difficult to identify with this monaco a bit ‘dissociated (former rocker, remember …), screaming students “there is no future!” And then demonstrates thoughtful and sensitive father. Forte is the message of combine daily life with the transcendent. But it also addresses the sense of loss at the death. And then, above all, the challenge with the past, the desire to confront it and start over.
The director with touch sage moves his character into a living scene filled with simple comedic figures (the wife, the women in the supermarket, the bullies of the neighborhood, the guy who is looking for their own way, etc.), but also by figures strong reference, as the Genshu master, classic mentor who advises, supports. And he reveals with wraparound shots, close-ups, persistent, which give rise to visually on several occasions the good and the bad, the good and the Luciferian.
About scenario, it is striking that exposures were made precisely in the Fukushima area, just before the disaster.
There are several memorable scenes in the film. One for all: that when the crisis explodes in the mind of Jonen and he then embraces response throughout the guitar in front of the sea and sudden solo duet with a violent waves. Who will have the upper hand, knocking out the amplifier, but for a while the deafening sound of the sea will calm down, before producing more powerful wave (and purifying).
One last note: the Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt the director has decided to follow the film a backstage short on shooting locations. A pang. He ended with a long sequence of a huge, beautiful and probably ancient, cherry blossoming tree.