Archive of films POOLSIDEMAN / Pûrusaido man

Japan
2016, 117 min

Section: Another View

Yusuke Mizuhara is a taciturn lifeguard living out his monotonous life in a suburb north of Tokyo between home and a forgotten pool. What’s behind the impenetrable façade of a young man confronted daily by reports of the tragedies plaguing different parts of the world? A formally ambitious, geometrically precise film about certain unexplained thought processes associated with the Japanese mentality.


Synopsis

Contemporary, low-cost, independent production from the Land of the Rising Sun actively struggles with a difficulty that has been plaguing it long-term – a certain isolation, a lack of communication with analogous tendencies in film culture happening in the rest of the world. Hirobumi Watanabe, one of Japan’s most exciting young filmmakers, is succeeding through style and in his manner of developing a story. His third film presents pool man Yusuke Mizuhara, a loner of few words whose monotonous life plays out in a suburb north of Tokyo between home and a nearly-deserted pool. His stoic expression knows no variance, not even under the deluge of words streaming from his somewhat overbearing coworker Koji. What’s behind the impenetrable façade worn by a young man confronted daily by reports of the tragedies besetting different parts of the world? A formally ambitious, geometrically precise film about certain unexplained thought processes associated with the Japanese mentality.

Karel Och

About the director

Hirobumi Watanabe (b. 1982) is a graduate of the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. In 2013 he and his brother Yuji, a composer of movie music, founded Foolish Piggies Films productions. His first two films, And the Mud Ship Sails Away (2013) and 7 Days (2015), played the Tokyo IFF and other festivals.

Contacts

ARTicle Films
Nishishinjyuku 4-14-1-702, , Shinjyuku-ku Tokyo
Japan
Tel: +81 906 665 1129
E-mail: emi@articlefilms.com
www: www.ueyamaemi.wix.com/articlefilms

About the film

Black & white, DCP
European premiere

Section: Another View
   
Director: Hirobumi Watanabe
Screenplay: Hirobumi Watanabe
Dir. of Photography: Woohyun Bang
Music: Yuji Watanabe
Editor: Hirobumi Watanabe
Producer: Hideki Watanabe, Akemi Watanabe
Production: Foolish Piggies Films
Cast: Gaku Imamura, Hirobumi Watanabe, Misao Hirayama, Takanori Kurosaki
Sales: ARTicle Films

Guests

Hirobumi Watanabe

Film Director

Yuji Watanabe

Producer


Emi Ueyama

Sales Agent

Woohyun Bang

Director of Photography


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