Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
TEN YEARS JAPAN | CHICAGO PREMIERE
Introduction and Q&A with Director Akiyo FUJIMURA
Guest Moderator: Mark SCHILLING
Japan | 2018 | 98 Minutes | DCP
In Japanese w/English subtitles
Director: Akiyo FUJIMURA, Chie HAYAKAWA, Kei ISHIKAWA, Yusuke KINOSHITA, Megumi TSUNO
Starring: Hana SUGISAKI, Jun KUNIMURA, Chizuru IKEWAKI, Taiga
Film Source: Golden Scene, Hong Kong and Free Stone Productions, Tokyo
Produced by art house favorite Hirokazu Kore-eda, (Palme d’Or winner for “Shoplifters”) five emerging filmmakers create five short 'film' stories telling the world how they imagine Japan to be in 10 years from now.
In order to deal with Japan’s rapidly aging population, the government launches “Plan 75”. Unprecedented in the world, the plan offers the option of euthanasia to citizens over the age of 75. A government worker enthusiastically promoting the plan to needy seniors is finally confronted by issues of life and death in his own family.
MISCHIEVOUS ALLIANCE (いたずら同盟)
At a rural elementary school located in a government-designated IT development zone, children wear special headgear that teaches them uniform morals and efficiently molds them into future members of society. When the school’s aging horse is recommended for slaughter by the system, the class troublemaker and two of his schoolmates hatch a plan to free it.
In the Japan of the future, deceased people’s online legacies are managed and packaged by the government. 17 year-old Maika, who lost her mother soon after being born, gets ahold of the file her father had hidden. While she’s overjoyed at feeling closer to her mother’s life through the data, she begins to suspect she was having an affair.
THE AIR WE CAN’T SEE (その空気は見えない)
Due to severe air pollution, Japanese citizens have been forced to live underground. 10-year-old Mizuki has never known, or wondered about, what lies above. After her friend Kaede suddenly disappears from the community, Mizuki finds some of her belongings and begins to dream of the outside world.
FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY (美しい国)
In 2018, Japan reinstates the military draft. A young advertising company hotshot is sent to inform a veteran artist her poster design for the government’s military conscription campaign has been rejected. It proves to be more difficult than expected, but he learns an important lesson.
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