[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
[ Cast ]
* WATANABE Makiko HIGASHIMURA Sawa
* YANAGI Erisa HIGASHIMURA Hazuki
* MATSUBARA Nanoka HIGASHIMURA Koharu
[ Staff ]
* Screenplay: NAKANO Ryota
* Cinematography: HIRANO Shingo
* Sound Recording: SHIMAZU Mikisuke
* Music: WATANABE Takashi
* Assistant Director: MATSUO Hiromichi
[ Production Company ]
PICTURES NETWORK, HIYOSHIGAOKA PICTURES
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
DIGITAL SKIP STATION
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: February,16,2013
Running Time: 74 min
Screening Format: HDCAM,Blu-ray
Screen Size: HD (16:9)
Sound Processing: Stereo,5.1ch
[ Story ]
The feature-length debut by Ryota Nakano who won Best Director at the 2012 SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL for the film. A family drama centered around two sisters go to visit their father who left home after divorcing their mother fourteen years ago, but get caught up in an unexpectedly trying situation.
Part-time worker Hazuki (Yanagi Erisa) lives with her younger sister, high school student Koharu (Matsubara Nanoka), and their mother Sawa (Watanabe Makiko). One day they receive word that their estranged father is on his deathbed, so Sawa asks Hazuki and Koharu to visit him and take one last photo to remember him by.
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
* SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema * FESTIVAL 2012 Best Director, SKIP CITY AWARD
* Berlin International Film Festival 2013
* Seattle International Film Festival 2013
* Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
Hazuki (20) and Koharu (17) live in the country with her mother, Sawa, who was left by her husband years before. One day, Sawa decides to send both daughters to the bed side of his father who is dying of cancer, asking them to take a picture of him so that he can laugh in the face one last time. Before Hazuki and Koharu arrive at their destination, the father dies, and the two will have to take part in his funeral.
Opera premiere by Nakano Ryōta, Chichi o tori ni, winner of the Best Film Award and Best Director at the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival in Kawaguchi in 2012, is a small training novel marked by subtle and sometimes ironic, tones with a completely fabulous ending (a huge tuna comes out of the sea to devour a bone of the father’s cremated body). Among the dominant motifs of the film is that of compassion that will lead the three women to settle accounts with the husband/father, who had left them, without rancor and with a smile. For the two sisters the discovery of the paternal figure takes place above all thanks to the little Chihiro, the son had by the man with another woman, who in turn had left him, which at the request of the two girls to tell them how the father was, he replies that more than anything else he loved to smoke (just like Hazuki) and eat tuna sushi (just like Koharu). It is precisely this finding one’s own father inside oneself, in one’s own little daily pleasures, which will give way to that process of rapprochement on which the whole film is constructed.
There is no shortage in Chichi or bulls moments of cruel representation of the greed of the adult world, as when the aunt equivocates about the presence of the two sisters at the funeral, assuming that they are there only to advance rights on the legacy of the parent. Beyond this and other brackets of dramatic character, the tone of the film is on the whole somewhat delicate and lightness that without being superficial.Manages with the due intensity to face strong situations of everyone’s life: from the relationship with their own parents to death, from the definition of one’s identity to the overcoming of rancor.