Afterglow Series
Nuclear Nation (フタバから遠く離れて)

Shōji & Takao ( Shoji to Takao,ショージとタカオ)

[ Directed by ]
IDE Yoko
[ Produced by ]
IDE Yoko
[ Cast ]
[ Staff ]
Production: IDE Yoko
Cinematography: IDE Yoko
Editor: IDE Yoko
Cinematography: NISHIO Kiyoshi
[ Production Company ]
Shoji & Takao Promotion Committee
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
Shoji & Takao Promotion Committee
[ Production Studio ]
Shoji & Takao Promotion Committee

Release Date: March 19, 2011
Running Time: 158 min
Genre: Documentary
Color: Color
Screening Format: DVCAM,DVD,Digital Betacam
Screen Size: SD (4:3)
Sound Processing: Stereo
Subtitle: English

[ Story ]
Sakurai Shoji and Sugiyama Takao were accused in the robbery-murder Fukawa Incident that occurred in 1967 in Ibaraki Prefecture. They continued to insist on their innocence while they were incarcerated, and upon being paroled in 1996 they stepped outside the prison walls for the first time in twenty-nine years. This film documents the fourteen years after these two falsely accused formerdefendants were released on parole. After the film was released, they were found to be not guilty in a retrial in May 2011. Number one in the 2010 ranking of cultural films in Kinema Junpo, recipient of the Mecenet Award at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, and winner of The Bunka-Cho (Agency for Cultural Affairs) Film Awards 2011 Documentary Grand Prize.
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
• Busan International Film Festival 2011 Mecenat Award
• Dubai International Film Festival 2011 Human Rights Film Network Prize

Twenty-nine years is a lifetime. The company, cultures and people change and evolve in a period so long. Well, deprive a person of this wealth, this abundance, even dramatic, life is an unforgivable crime. It happens that in 1967 Sakurai and Takao Sugiyama Shōji are arrested and subsequently convicted of theft and dell`assassinio of a man in the small town of Fukawa. Not exactly two shins saint, were the district delinquentelli, Sakurai and Sugiyama proclaim from the minute their innocence, but the police, even with l`aiuto of false evidence, which will only emerge 30 years later, engages them with perhaps the desire to quickly close the case. After a life – it’s two bears repeating: 29 years – went to jail, they go out and continue to fight to shed light on this case of injustice, hoping also to change the system that generated their case, which unfortunately is not l`unico in Japan.
Here, in the time of their release in 1996, begins the documentary Shōji to Takao made by the director Yōko Ide, who with his camera for 14 years has followed the two men. The effort and the struggle to reintegrate into society, rebuild their lives and finally marry and have children is intertwined with any of their willingness to go all the way, know the truth, know it all over the world (Shōji and Takao also visited Switzerland to hold a seminar) and exposes loopholes in the system. The film is thin and simple, there is no authorial intent (the Ogawa Shinsuke, for instance) but this simplicity communicates to us and suggests the power that a camera (even amateur) bet on an important issue may still have. Tell a story, to shed light on some obscure mechanisms regulating power are definitely some merits of this documentary, but perhaps what gives strength to the film is the time captured by the camera. Time is the protagonist, first elliptically stolen in 29 years the two, an abyss that is the basis on which l`opera develops, and secondly but more directly, when we witness the re-conquest of lost time and the years that pass after issuing, marriage, children, the fight for the truth and at the same time the incanutirsi of the two protagonists. In its absolute simplicity and also sometimes coarseness this film shows the film act to one of its essences, that of being time in the course of time.
Shōji to Takao was judged by the magazine Kinema Junpo the best Japanese documentary of 2010.
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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