Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival
Dawn of the Felines
awards and festivals
Neon Tokyo, crammed rooms of nightclubs, and a panorama of male fantasies shown from the perspective of three women working in the erotic industry. Widowers addicted to hikikomori computers, SM enthusiasts, and nosy journalists – the variety of clients is wide, but they are not the focus of the narration. Each heroine is a strong, complex character, each one struggles with her problems and makes difficult choices. One thing that connects them is an unnamed agreement based on solidarity and a silent understanding.
Shiraishi creates involving, reliable psychological cinema, set in a reality similar to that of the original, also combining sarcastic humor with bitter diagnoses, and seducing with its original visual form. Here sex is treated with with unassuming sincerity – it can be boring, charming, unpleasant, but also liberating. "Dawn of the Felines" is a study of emotions, and a daring diagnosis of the Japanese society in the times of online dating, complemented with captivating pictures of a bustling city.
Born in 1974, worked as an assistant to filmmakers such as Koji Wakamatsu and Isao Yukisada. He made commercials, short features, TV series and music videos. He debuted in 2009 with "Lost Paradise in Tokyo," shown at Busan IFF. For his next feature, "Koyaku," he received an award at Yokohama FF and a few nominations for the Japanese Academy Awards.
2009 Rosutoparadaisu in Tokyo / Lost Paradise in Tokyo
2013 Kyoaku / The Devil's Path
2015 Joshi no jiken wa taitei toilet de okorunoda
2016 Nihon de ichiban warui yatsura / No. 1 Bad Guys in Japan
2017 Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi / Birds Without Names
2017 Świt kociaków / Mesunekotachi / Dawn of the Felines