The film was made for the price of a second-hand car. So now anyone can make a film? On the contrary. If all you have is a videocamera and four actors playing out their relationships, that’s when talent really emerges. Certainly the actors’.
In his second feature, Nobuteru Uchida asks a lot of his four actors. They are left to their fierce emotions, with not much narrative to cling on to – it’s as if they have been left alone with each other and the camera. The characters all work for the same company, but we follow them outside working hours, in their small apartments, on their way to work or in the corridors of the metro.
Yukako has a relationship with her colleague Shigehisa. There are tensions in the relationship and Yukako suspects Shigehisa of having another relationship. This makes Yukako confused and unstable. One day she faints in a metro station. She is helped by Noboru, another colleague. Noboru is infatuated with the new temp Saeko, but she does not reciprocate his feelings. Saeko is in fact the secret love of Shigehisa.
The story seems like it could be a soap opera or even a comedy, but the acting and staging look so realistic that we could be witnessing heated therapy sessions. According to the filmmaker, love is not always something beautiful or even something you have under control. Personalities and situations are too different to find a harmonious solution. That doesn’t mean that people give up their attempts to love, because it is indeed addictive. –Rotterdam
Born in Saitama prefecture, Japan in 1972. Uchida first studied oil-painting with the intention of pursuing a career in painting, but he started to become passionate about film during his high school years, and switched his paintbrush to a camera to begin expressing his unique world-view on the big screen. His documentary “Etegami” received the Special Jury Prize at the 25th Pia Film Festival (PFF) in 2003 and special mention at the 28th Hong Kong International Film Festival. His first movie, “Kazaana” won both the Grand Prize and the Best Actress Award in the 8th Tama New Wave competition category and the Special Jury Prize at the 30th Pia Film Festival, and was screened at the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival. His previous film, “Love Addiction” won the Grand Prize at the TOKYO FILMeX 2010 and was selected for the Tiger Competition at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His new film “Odayaka” (2012) started its festival journey from the Busan International Film Festival… read more
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Above: From left to right, Tokyo FilmEx festival directors Kanako Hayashi and Shozo Ichiyama; and Nobuteru Uchida's prize-winning film, Love