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The Gun

dir. Masaharu Take
Japan 2018, 97’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
International Film Festival Tokyo 2018
Japan 2018
Duration: 97’
director: Masaharu Take
screenplay: Hideki Shishido, Masaharu Take
cinematography: Hiromitsu Nishimura
editing: Yuriko Hosono
music: Shogo Kaida
cast: Nijiro Murakami, Alice Hirose, Lily Franky
producer: Kazuyoshi Okuyama
production: Katsu-Do
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

On a rainy night Toru Nishikawa finds a dead man on the river bank with a gun beside him. He decides to keep the pistol. He likes his new possession which gives him the feeling of power and changes his relations with the people around, raising even his confidence with girls. Gradually the boy falls into obsession, he fantasizes about killing someone, just anyone, or even committing suicide. The situation gets more complicated as an obtrusive police detective keeps visiting him more and more often – he suspects that Nishikawa had something to do with the missing gun. The atmosphere grows dense…

This psychologically intense thriller is an adaptation of a novel by Fuminori Nakamura. Build of Hiromitsu Nishimura’s uncommon contrastive black and white takes, the film recalls the style of new wave filmmakers. As to the theme, there seems to be a clear inspiration from Dostoevsky’s "Crime and Punishment". The director reaches the dark regions in the psychic of the young man, brilliantly played by experienced Nijiro Murakami.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Masaharu Take

A film director, born in 1967. He started his career as an assistant on film sets and sat in the director’s chair only in 2006, when he shot the comedy "Boy Meets Pusan". His greatest success so far has been the comedy "100 Yen Love" with Sakura Ando, which was the Japanese candidate for Oscar in 2015 shown at the 10th Five Flavours.

Selected filmography:

2007 Boi mitsu Pusan / Boy Meets Pusan
2008 Kafe Daikanyama: Suwito boizu / Cafe Daikanyama: Sweet Boys
2009 Hanamuko wa 18 sai / The Bridegroom is 18 Years Old
2013 Mongol yakyu seishunki / Mongolian Baseball
2014 In za hiro / In the Hero
2014 Miłość za 100 jenów / Hyakuen no koi / 100 Yen Love

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