A LIGHT IN THE DISTANCE
Director: TSURUOKA Keiko（鶴岡慧子）
2014｜Japan｜Color｜53min｜Language: Japanese｜Subtitles: English
|3/8 (Tue)||18:30||The Seventh Art Theater||◎|
|3/12 (Sat)||12:40||The Seventh Art Theater||◎|
- KOBAYASHI Mariko (小林万里子), SHIMIZU Naoya (清水尚弥), MARO Akaji (麿赤兒), TAKESHITA Kaori (竹下かおり), Suzuna (涼凪), YANAGITANI Kazunari (柳谷一成)
One morning, Mado wakes up to an empty town. A tsunami is approaching, and everyone has evacuated. She goes to her high school, but there’s not a single soul in sight. As soon as thought she was alone, she sees her classmate, Fujii. Mado tries to persuade Fujii to evacuate, but Fujii refuses to leave her alone. Together, the two of them search the town for anyone who had stayed behind. They find a vacant theater where films play for no one, a girl loitering alone around a deserted pool, a retired stripper lingering in a strip club, and a bowling alley where an old man quietly shines his shoes. After making several stops, Mado and Fujii make their way through the violent rain to a closed factory, the place where Mado’s father had died.
The film was shot almost entirely in the director’s hometown, Ueda, Nagano. The city was used as the setting for the deserted town in which the main characters wander around, and brought the theme of “absence” in a disaster aftermath to the foreground. Actors including Mariko Kobayashi and Naoya Shimizu, who were high schoolers at the time of filming, and Akaji Maro all give stellar performances highlighting their individual styles.