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Tokyo's industrial suburbs, early 1990s. A group of high school students torment a boy, closing him in a metal box, naked. A girlfriend of one of the perpetrators comes to his rescue, but this is only the beginning of their problems. Everyone here has their own troubles – homosexuality, bulimia, forced sex, unrequited love, conflict with parents. When suppressed, inner rebellion has to finally burst out, causing dramatic consequences.
Yukisada treats the teenagers' problems very seriously. Their dim reality reflects the problems Japan faced in the 1990s – the time of a sudden economic slowdown, a crisis of intergenerational relations, and a lurking fear which soon found its outlet in the terrorist attack conducted by the Aum Shinrikyō sect. The film was based on a popular manga, and the director worked with a group of independent young actors, who poured deep emotions into the characters. It is not a nostalgic, smooth journey into this now-popular decade, even though each detail, from clothes to the music, is meticulously recreated. The director invites us into the world of intense experiences, framed by the teenage cynicism and a deafeningly painful solitude.
Born in 1968 in Kukamoto prefecture. He started off his film career as the assistant to Shunji Iwai. His films were shown at numerous international film festivals, and are very popular in Japan. He also directs for the theater.
1998 Open House
2000 Sunflower / Himawari
2004 Crying Out Love in the Center of the World / Sekai no Chûshin de, Ai o Sakebu
2010 Parade / Parêdo
2016 Pink and Gray / Pinku to gure
2017 Narratage / Naratâju
2018 Brzeg rzeki / River’s Edge / Ribazu ejji