Archive of films My Friend “A” / Yuzai

2018, 129 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2018

Masuda, a new worker at a factory, suspects a coworker of being a convicted killer. And a properly written exposé might allow him to return to the world of journalism. But it might also reopen the scars of his own past. This carefully constructed picture explores the limits of responsibility while treating the notion of coming to terms with guilt.


Masuda always thought of himself as a successful journalist, but after one of his articles unexpectedly causes tragedy he goes to work at a factory. As he gets to know a withdrawn coworker, a sudden suspicion grows that the man is perhaps a convicted murderer who once killed three little children. And maybe if he wrote an article about him he could get another crack at the world of journalism. At the same time, however, working on the piece reopens the scars of his own past. This carefully constructed picture, about the limits of responsibility and coming to terms with guilt, willingly engages philosophical questions without abandoning the draw of a thoroughly human story.

Hubert Poul

About the director

Takahisa Zeze (b. 1960, Tochigi, Japan). Selected filmography: Hysteric (2000), Secret Journey (Yuda, 2004), Heaven’s Story (Hevunzu sutôrî, 2010), Life Back Then (Antoki no inochi, 2011), 64: Part 1 (Rokuyon: Zenpen, 2016), 64: Part 2 (Rokuyon: Kôhen, 2016), The Lowlife (Saitei., 2017)


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About the film

Color, DCP
European premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Takahisa Zeze
Screenplay: Takahisa Zeze podle stejnojmenného románu / based on the novel of the same name by Gaku Yakumaru
Dir. of Photography: Atsuhiro Nabeshima
Music: Yoshihiro Hanno
Editor: Ryo Hayano
Art Director: Toshihiro Isomi
Producer: Ryo OTaki, Hideki Hoshino
Production: “My Friend ’A’” Film Partners
Cast: Toma Ikuta, Eita
Sales: GAGA Corporation

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