“A magnificent and unforgettable encounter with Yonosuke and with the importance of the encounter and the worth of being subject this experience underlines.”
While Shuichi Okita’s cinematographical oeuvre is not large in any way, his narratives, often about quirky and somewhat eccentric men [e.g. The Chef of the South Polar (2009) and The Woodsman and the Rain (2012)], have time and time again proved to charm audiences – and to earn some awards along the way.
“But even if the narrative is poetically inconsistent on a cinematographical level, there is still a lot to like about the lyricism of speech and the eloquence in which two lost souls are able to find each other as subject.”
In 2010 Ishii Yuya entered the international scene with a bang when his first commercial feature, Sawaka Decides. Besides being chosen for the international Film Festival in Berlin, it also won the Best Feature Film at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Fest and made Ishii the youngest winner of the Blue Ribbon for Best Director in Japan. Three years later, his talent was confirmed when The Great Passage, a narrative based on Shion Miura’s best-selling novel, won the awards for Best Picture and Best Director on the Japanese Academy awards.