Based on Saburo Kawamoto’s autobiographical novel My Back Pages: Aru 60-nendai no Monogatari (A Story of Life in the 60s), the film is set during the student protests at Tokyo University. At the time, Kawamoto was working as a journalist covering the protests, which were in reaction to the Japanese government’s tolerance of US involvement in the Vietnam War and the use of Okinawa as a staging ground for that war.
Satoshi Tsumabuki plays a reporter named Sawada who interviews protesters and collects data on behalf of the editorial department of a weekly publication. As tensions ramp up in the late 60s, he meets a young activist who introduces himself as “Umeyama” (Kenichi Matsuyama), although his real name turns out to be Katagiri. Katagiri tells him “Guns and other weapons are being gathered. In April, we’ll take action.”
Sawada has serious misgivings about Katagiri, but the two men strike up a strange rapport during a uniquely turbulent era. — Nippon Cinema
Nobuhiro Yamashita (山下敦弘 Yamashita Nobuhiro?, born 29 August 1976) is a Japanese film director. Born in Aichi Prefecture, Yamashita attended Osaka University of Arts where he worked on Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s Kichiku Dai Enkai. His graduation film Hazy Life, took the Off Theatre Competition Grand Prize at the 2000 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. He also won the award for Best Director at the 32nd Hochi Film Award in 2007 for A Gentle Breeze in the Village and The Matsugane Potshot Affair. He often works with the screenwriter Kōsuke Mukai. —Wikipedia