Our homeland (Kazoku no kuni,かぞくのくに)
Ryuzo and his Seven Henchmen (Ryūzō to shichinin kobuntachi,龍三と七人の子分たち)

The Knot (Musubime,結び目)

The Knot (Musubime,結び目)

[ Directed by ]
ONUMA Yuichi
[ Produced by ]
ODA Yasuyuki
[ Cast ]
• KAWAMOTO Junichi OKUTSU Keisuke
• MIURA Masaki Asao Gantaro
• TATSUMI Takuro OKUTSU Katsumi
[ Staff ]
• Screenplay: MINATO Takehiko
• Cinematography: HAYASAKA Shin
• Lighting: Oba Kakuki
• Sound Mixer: SUGITA Shin
• Music: UNAMI Taku
[ Production Company ]
[ Distributor (Japan) ]

Release Date: June 26, 2010
Running Time: 91 min
Genre: Drama, Feature
Color: Color
Screening Format: HDCAM
Screen Size: HD (16:9)
Subtitle: English

[ Story ]
All the main members of the cast are stage actors, including the star of the charismatic theatrical company “Kokushoku Kitan Kanaria Ha (Black Tale Canary Group),” Akazawa Mukku. This is a sensual suspense film that has been filmed using the film function of a digital single-lens reflex camera that is designed for taking still photos. Ayako (Akazawa), a housewife who spends her days nursing her father-in-law and taking care of her husband, bumps into her former lover Keisuke (Ueda Koichi), who is now married and has became a cleaner. When Ayako was a junior high school student fourteen years ago, she was involved in a forbidden love affair with Keisuke who had been a teacher at the time.
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
• Cairo International Film Festival 2010 East X West Competition
• Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2011 Competition for Digital Feature Films

A sentimental drama chamber in a small provincial town. Asako with her husband Taro leads a pretty boring life, weighed down by the burden of looking after the old father suffering from senile dementia. In parallel, another couple, Keisuke and Akane, runs with a laundry and also seems to be particularly happy. For progressive touches it is understood that under the placidity of provincial life, among Asako and Keisuke, who in the past was a teacher, there are a history of passion and pain. The red thread of a tragic fate binds them and, between attraction and repulsion, is closer to them, involving the other characters and making finally implode the microcosm in which they live.
Onuma, after Dōutei hōurōki and Nude , continues to carry on with sensitivity a small personal speech about love affairs in contemporary Japan. In this case, the likelihood of the situation and care for the meanings of the unsaid, makes the film engaging, with natural eroticism touches.
The four main actors provide all professional services. In particular, Akazawa Mukku (already seen in the fun Magare! Spoon ) in the Asako shows a surprising expressive range.
[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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