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The Big Bee (Tenku no hachi,天空の蜂)

The Big Bee (Tenku no hachi,天空の蜂)

[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
[ Cast ]
[ Staff ]
• Original Story: HIGASHINO Keigo
• Screenplay: KUSUNO Ichiro
• Cinematography: KARASAWA Satoru
• Sound Recording: TANAKA Yasushi
• Editor: ITO Nobuyuki
[ Production Company ]
SHOCHIKU, Kinoshita Group, KODANSHA, Lawson HMV Entertainment, GYAO!
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
Office Crescendo

Release Date: September 12, 2015
Running Time: 138 min
Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure, Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : HDCAM-SR
Screening Format with Subtitles
・English (DCP, Blu-ray)

[ Story ]
A suspense film based on the eponymous novel by Higashino Keigo. Its story follows a breathtaking battle between men on both sides of a terrorist plot threatening a nuclear plant. Tsutsumi Yukihiko (the “20th Century Boys” trilogy) directs, and its accomplished cast is led by Eguchi Yosuke and Motoki Masahiro.
A massive state-of-the-art helicopter is hijacked by a terrorist who goes by the name of “The Big Bee.” With the son of its designer, Yuhara (Eguchi), trapped on board, the helicopter hovers directly over a nuclear plant. Its architect, Mishima (Motoki), joins forces with Yuhara, and the duo desperately attempt to save the boy’s life, and the future of Japan.
[ Official Site ]

A large helicopter is about to be dropped over a nuclear power plant. It is the vivid image of a weapon targeted by terrorists against all of Japan.
The original subject of this film is a novel by the same title of Higashino Keigo published in 1995 but today, after experiencing the tragedy of the consequences of the accident of the first Fukushima nuclear plant, the threat is dramatically more real. What results is an excellent entertainment film that does not neglect the social implications.
In August of ’95, a gigantic Big B helicopter was hijacked by taking control of the automatic control functions. The helicopter is heading for the Shinyō nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The criminal who makes him stop just above the fast neutron self-fertilizer nuclear reactor threatens to drop it if all the other nuclear power plants are not dismantled. There should have been no one on board but Takahiko, the eldest son of Yuhara, the helicopter designer, stayed inside. Yuhara leaves for Shinyō.
Eight hours are left until fuel runs out and falls. The fight against time increases tension. The highlights are many. The scene in which the military rescues Takahiko by attacking the Big B in a helicopter of the Self-Defense Forces is preceded by a series of shots that actually perceive the viewers’ height at which the helicopter is located, creating a sequence that makes the hands.
The script is excellent. The more than six hundred pages of Higashino’s elaborate novel could not be condensed better than that. In the novel he is the son of a colleague who stays inside the helicopter, while in the film he is the son of Yuhara himself, thus emphasizing also the dimension of family ties.
The repercussions and chaos generated by a possible stop, even if only temporarily, of the nuclear power station are not much illustrated, but the story of the strenuous efforts of all those who are trying to cope with the crisis is engaging. Yuhara, Mishima, the head of the Shinyō plant design, the director of the plant, the firemen, the policemen; everyone is engaged in the spasm within their own competences. This fervor of the various characters, sometimes even in conflict with each other, makes the atmosphere incandescent.
On the other hand, the extraordinary performance of Ayano Gō as the executor of the plan is terrifying. In representing the suffering he keeps hidden within himself, he manages to give depth to the figure of a cold-blooded terrorist. Director Tsutsumi Yukihiko is skilled in dealing with the interconnected events of the various characters and accurately describing complex situations.
The basic question is that if the Shinyō power plant were to explode, there would be enormous long-range damage. This fact is not shown but the spectators have experienced the accident of the central number one of Fukushima. The memories of that story underlie the story of the film and make you immerse deeply in that tragedy. From this point of view it can be said that it makes sense to make a film of this kind now. The film shows little the action of politicians and the commitment of citizens and there will certainly be those who will say that in this regard is not convincing. However, after having fully enjoyed the abundant suspense, something deeper remains inside.
[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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