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  • World Premiere

Indie Forum

Sanka: Nomads of the mountains


Director: SASATANI Ryohei (笹谷遼平)

2022|Japan|77min|Language: Japanese|Subtitles: English

Date Time Venue
3/16 Wed 18:40 Cine Libre Umeda 3
3/18 Fri 12:30 Cine Libre Umeda 3
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SUGITA Rairu (杉田雷麟)
KOMUKAI Naru (小向なる)
SHIBUKAWA Kiyohiko (渋川清彦)
IIDA Kisuke (飯田基祐)
UCHIDA Shungiku (内田春菊)

It is 1965, a time of rapid economic growth for Japan and also a time when the people called Sanka, a nomadic band of outcasts, were fading away. Having arrived at his father’s countryside estate from Tokyo to focus on preparing for his high school entrance exam, a lonely 15-year-old named Norio (SUGITA Rairu) encounters three Sanka, first teenage Hana (KOMUKAI Naru), then her father Shozo (SHIBUKAWA Kiyohiko) and her grandmother. Taken under their wing and drawn to their simple and rugged lifestyle, Norio begins to spend his summer days fishing in the rivers and catching snakes in the bush for food. He also witnesses how they are discriminated against by people like his authoritarian father who rejects their illogical lifestyle. With bad blood already existing between Norio and his father, and a hopeless desire to become one with the Sanka, Norio is forced to confront the cruel reality of his age.

Director SASATANI Ryohei shows how humans live as one with nature and the sharp divide between modernity and the environment in this melancholy film about the loss of innocence that calls into mind JISSOJI Akio’s Poem (1972) in setting and story.

[Jason MAHER]

Director: SASATANI Ryohei (笹谷遼平)

Cast: SUGITA Rairu (杉田雷麟), KOMUKAI Naru (小向なる)