Archive of films POOLSIDEMAN / Pûrusaido man
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.
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.
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.
About the film
Black & white, DCP
|Dir. of Photography:||Woohyun Bang|
|Producer:||Hideki Watanabe, Akemi Watanabe|
|Production:||Foolish Piggies Films|
|Cast:||Gaku Imamura, Hirobumi Watanabe, Misao Hirayama, Takanori Kurosaki|
Director of Photography