Director: Kazuhiro Sosa
Language: Original Version – Spanish Subtitles
Genre : Documentary
Wai-chan is one of the last remaining fishermen in Ushimado, a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan. At the age of 86, he still fishes alone on a small boat to make his living, dreaming about retirement. Kumi-san is an 84-year-old villager who wanders around the shore everyday. She believes a social welfare facility kidnapped her disabled son to receive subsidy from the government. A “late-stage elderly” Koso-san runs a small seafood store left by her deceased husband. She sells fish to local villagers and provides leftovers to stray cats. Forsaken by the era of modernization of post-war Japan, Ushimado, a town so beloved by film director Shohei Imamura that he set two of his films there (“Black Rain”, “Dr. Akagi”), is rapidly aging and declining. Its rich, ancient culture and the tight-knit community are also on the verge of disappearing. Portrayed in black and white photography, this latest observational documentary by Kazuhiro Soda (“Campaign”, “Mental”, “Oyster Factory”) poetically depicts the twilight days of a village and its people by the dreamlike Inland Sea.
Kazuhiro Soda practices an observational method of documentary filmmaking based on his own “Ten Commandments” which prohibits him from doing pre-shoot research or writing a synopsis before filming. He imposes these rules on himself in order to minimize preconceptions and to be able to make unexpected discoveries while filming and editing. His debut feature documentary “Campaign”(2007, his firts Observational Film) was invited to many prestigious festivals such as Berlinale and was aired in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world. It won the Peabody Award in the U.S. “Mental” (2008, his second Observational Film) won numerous awards including the Best Documentary Award at the Busan International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival.
Festivals and Awards
2018: 68th Berlin International Film Festival
Friday 2nd Nov