[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
NIWA Tamon Andrew
[ Cast ]
• SANO Gaku KOUZUKI Kazuya
• SUGITA Kaoru TANAKA Masami
• SHIMADA Kyusaku SHIMAZU Jun
• TSUKAMOTO Shinya AKIYAMA Sosuke
• Issey OGATA YAGISHITA Kichiji
[ Staff ]
• Executive Producer: YODEN Mitsutaka
• Planning: KAWAKAMI Takahiro
• Original Story: KITAGAWA Yasushi
• Screenplay: KATO Junya
• Music: ENDO Koji
• Theme Song: HAJIME Chitose
[ Production Company ]
TBS Service, BS-TBS, TC Entertainment
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: September 28, 2013
Running Time: 104 min
Screening Format: HDCAM,Blu-ray
Subtitle: English, HDCAM, Blu-ray
[ Story ]
An adaptation of the eponymous novel by popular author Kitagawa Yasushi, directed by Furumaya Tomoyuki who has displayed his aptitude for coming-of-age movies with works such as Bushido Sixteen. It features a diverse cast that includes Sano Gaku in his first lead role in a film, Issey Ogata (The Sun), and Tsukamoto Shinya (KOTOKO).
A trivial lie impels high schooler Kazuya (Sano) to travel to Tokyo from Kumamoto. After losing his wallet and missing his flight home, he ends up encountering various adults including shop attendant Masami (Sugita Kaoru) and her estranged husband Akiyama (Tsukamoto).
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[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
• 2013 Capetown & Winelands International Film Festival Preview Film Festival
Kazunari is a student of a high school in Kumamoto, in the south of Japan, who, to brag in front of his classmates, says that Tokyo sucks and stinks. His lie is short of breath because he has never been to Tokyo. Pressured by his comrades, to avoid saying that he is lying ,such a figure would exclude him from the group, something very heavy in Japan. Without irony, he goes to Tokyo to take some pictures that “prove” what he said. Arrived in Tokyo, he did some photography but lost the return plane. He decides to sleep at the airport but does not know it’s impossible. He is rescued by Masami, a sales assistant at an airport souvenir shop, who takes him to his house to sleep. After an initial hardness, the woman shows herself as a person destroyed by life, semi-colic. After returning drunk she proposes to pay for Kazunari to go to another city to bring a present to her son. Kazunari accepts but when he arrives at his destination he discovers from the ex-husband of Kazunari, a depressed barber, who in reality his son has long since died and that his mother sends him gifts at every important deadline as if he were alive. Kazunari starts again and finds a transition from a rough bizarre truck driver, with whom he nevertheless establishes an agreement. Kazunari discovers that the truck driver has a terminal cancer and during a crisis accompanies him to the hospital and is close to him. There he meets a nephew of the truck driver who lives with his separated father and accompanies him to his mother, destroyed by depression.
Furumaya Tomoyuki is a director with a certain talent for films that portray youth figures and psychologies. After a somewhat quiet debut in the ’90s, it was noted at the beginning of the 2000s with Mabudachi (Bad company, 2001) and with Robokon (Robot Contest, 2003), works in which he showed a remarkable sensitivity of analysis. Then he made some mainstream films, including the juvenile Bushido Sixteen (2010). Now come back with this film based on a novel by Kitagawa Yasushi, who again has an adolescent discovering life as the main character. Kazunari has a negative training trip, where the acquisition of awareness takes place more through the vision of the suffering of others than through direct experience. The idea is not bad and Furumaya proves once again a good ability to grasp the subtle nuances and naive contradictions of the youthful soul but the limit of the film lies in the fact that it seems to give prevalence to the sad cases of the different characters more than to the inner growth of Kazunari. His journey thus tends to become a sort of reverse pretext to connect medallions of suffering and desperation all in all isolated.
A detail. In the part of the depressed barber who lost his son we find Tsukamoto Shinja, who even with this cameo manages to give us an emotion.