[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
* AZUMA Nobuhiro
* HOSOYA Madoka
* ARISHIGE Yoichi
* FUKATSU Tomoo
[ Cast ]
* SOMETANI Shota HIRANO Yuki
* NAGASAWA Masami ISHII Naoki
* ITO Hideaki IIDA Yoki
[ Staff ]
* Original Story: MIURA Shion
* Screenplay: YAGUCHI Shinobu
* Cinematography: ASHIZAWA Akiko
* Sound Recording: ISHIGAI Hiroshi
* Editor: MIYAJIMA Ryuji
* Music: NOMURA Takuji
[ Production Company ]
WOOD JOB! Production Committee
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: May 10, 2014
Running Time: 116 min
Screening Format: DCP
Screen Size: American Vista (1:1.85)
Screening Format with Subtitles
[ Story ]
Coming-of-age story based on the best selling novel “Kamusari naa naa Nichijo” by popular author Miura Shion. Director Yaguchi Shinobu, whose hit films include
Waterboys, delivers a comedy replete with laughter and emotional drama.
City-bred Hirano Yuki (Sometani Shota) decides on a whim to take up forestry work in the mountain village of Kamusari. Yuki nearly buckles under the tough work conditions, but he wakes up to the allure of nature and the locals, and gradually grows up.
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
2014 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Vision Express, NETPAC Award
Yuki (Sometani Shōta) misses the entrance exam at the university but does not make a worry, even if his girlfriend goes on without him. Participated in the celebrations of friends and on the way back,he was drunk and see a flyer with a beautiful girl, Naoki (Nagasawa Masami), who invites him to do the job as a lumberjack. Attracted by the idea (of the girl rather than of work) he leaves and arrives in a remote village where he does a one-month introductory course to the work he will have to do. Thus began the first impact of the metropolitan student with the harsh reality of provincial life. He also met the girl in the flyer but she dismissed him annoyed.
After finishing the course, he is assigned to a forest company located in an even more remote village. For Yuki at the beginning is an odyssey with a thousand accidents and discomforts, then gradually his spirit changes, he identifies with the team of lumberjacks, he really learns the field work. At the end of the season you earn the honor of participating in the matsuri that the woodsmen organize every year and, needless to say, Naoki will look at it differently. The experience is over, Yuki returns to the city but …
Yaguchi Shinobu is not an “author” but he is one who can do to create products of solid success, usually based on stories of neophytes who through tragicomic adventures reach a milestone. So it was in 2001 with Waterboys, a funny story about a male synchronized swimming team in a provincial high school, and even more so with Swing Girls (2004), a beautiful story about a musical ensemble of girls always in a high school. Robo G (2012), on the story of an elderly gentleman who is hired to pretend to be a robot, is a less choral story but irresistible in terms of fun and comedy.
Now with Wood Job – based on a 2009 novel by Miura Shion – the game succeeds again, even if not at the highest level and with a greater weight of the comic aspects than his previous films. The story of the city boy who comes into contact with the real world through difficulties and sufferings is always described in a light way and at the border of the comedian but in his progress, the film gradually takes on a fullness that makes you feel like all the characters are well direct and functional to a solid vision of the story.
Even the inevitable affair of love is never too emphasized and, indeed, can not be said to be the engine of the story. Rather it is the discovery of nature and of a healthy and essential life that moves the protagonist. And when in one of the two or three pre-finals typical of contemporary Japanese cinema, Yuki returns to Tokyo, clogged by crowds and wastewater, what moves him is when he smells freshly cut timber coming from a neighbor building site.