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And Then There Was Light, "Hikari"

Synopsis

Director

Nobuyuki is a teenager living on Mihama Island. Tasuku who looks up to Nobuyuki like his real brother, is abused by his father every day. Nobuyuki’s only classmate is his girlfriend Mika. The day after Nobuyuki commits an unforgivable crime to protect Mika, a tsunami hits the island, leaving only Nobuyuki, Mika, Tasuku, and several no-good adults to survive. 25 years later, Nobuyuki is living in the city with his wife and daughter, while Mika is enjoying her lavish life as an actress. Tasuku, who has grown up without being loved by anybody, still seeks for Nobuyuki in his memory. As their lives intersect, a secret they buried in the past slowly reappears and Tasuku who holds the evidence threaten the other two. The three come to a decision to live and to protect their loved ones.
„I’ve always wanted to make Shion Miura’s „Hikari“ into a film. The title „Hikari“ which means light, is very abstract yet very strong willed and it felt different from her other works. The novel itself was terrifying and I was shocked by its intensity. By intensity, I mean that it was nothing close to moral or compliance, or images that can be easily categorized. And I was drawn by how the story expands outside the box. It didn’t depict the distress of a „house-kept dog“. It was a drama of human beings stepping out into the wild and I was deeply moved by it. For me, the novel „Hikari“ was an „anthem to life“ itself.“ – Tatshushi Ohmori, director

Tatsushi Ohmori

(b. 1970, Tokyo) began making 8mm films at university. After producing and starring in several films, in 2005, he was nominated for Tokyo International Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival with his directorial debut feature „The Whispering of the Gods“. His second film, „A Crowd of Three“ received Best New Director Award from Directors Guild of Japan in 2010. And in 2013, he was awarded Special Jury Prize at 35th Moscow International Film Festival with „The Ravine of Goodbye“, securing his spot as a globally acclaimed director. Tatsushi is known for his strong sensibility to portray young people who feel alienated from society.

 

Filmography

  • Gerumaniumu no Yoru (The Whispering of the Gods, 2005)
  • Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni (A Crowd of Three, 2010)
  • Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken (Tada’s Do-it All House, 2011)
  • Botchan (2012)
  • Sayonara Keikoku (The Ravine of Goodbye, 2013)
  • Mahoro Ekimae Kyosokyoku (Tada’s Do-it-All House: Disconcerto, 2014)
  • Setoutsumi (Seto and Utsumi, 2016)
  • Hikari (And Then There Was Light, 2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
17:00 - 19:18
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011201
Sold out
18.11.2017
15:45 - 18:03
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021401
Sold out
24.11.2017
18:15 - 20:33
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 080305
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Country: Japan
Year: 2016
Duration: 138 minutes
Language: Japanese
Director: Tatsushi Ohmori
Writer:  Tatsushi Ohmori 
DOP: Kenji Maki
Montage: Ryo Hayano
Composer: Jeff Mills
Cast:  Arata Iura, Eita, Kyoko Hasegawa, Manami Hashimoto
Productions: Harvest Film Co., Ltd.

Synopsis

Director

Nobuyuki is a teenager living on Mihama Island. Tasuku who looks up to Nobuyuki like his real brother, is abused by his father every day. Nobuyuki’s only classmate is his girlfriend Mika. The day after Nobuyuki commits an unforgivable crime to protect Mika, a tsunami hits the island, leaving only Nobuyuki, Mika, Tasuku, and several no-good adults to survive. 25 years later, Nobuyuki is living in the city with his wife and daughter, while Mika is enjoying her lavish life as an actress. Tasuku, who has grown up without being loved by anybody, still seeks for Nobuyuki in his memory. As their lives intersect, a secret they buried in the past slowly reappears and Tasuku who holds the evidence threaten the other two. The three come to a decision to live and to protect their loved ones.
„I’ve always wanted to make Shion Miura’s „Hikari“ into a film. The title „Hikari“ which means light, is very abstract yet very strong willed and it felt different from her other works. The novel itself was terrifying and I was shocked by its intensity. By intensity, I mean that it was nothing close to moral or compliance, or images that can be easily categorized. And I was drawn by how the story expands outside the box. It didn’t depict the distress of a „house-kept dog“. It was a drama of human beings stepping out into the wild and I was deeply moved by it. For me, the novel „Hikari“ was an „anthem to life“ itself.“ – Tatshushi Ohmori, director

Tatsushi Ohmori

(b. 1970, Tokyo) began making 8mm films at university. After producing and starring in several films, in 2005, he was nominated for Tokyo International Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival with his directorial debut feature „The Whispering of the Gods“. His second film, „A Crowd of Three“ received Best New Director Award from Directors Guild of Japan in 2010. And in 2013, he was awarded Special Jury Prize at 35th Moscow International Film Festival with „The Ravine of Goodbye“, securing his spot as a globally acclaimed director. Tatsushi is known for his strong sensibility to portray young people who feel alienated from society.

 

Filmography

  • Gerumaniumu no Yoru (The Whispering of the Gods, 2005)
  • Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni (A Crowd of Three, 2010)
  • Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken (Tada’s Do-it All House, 2011)
  • Botchan (2012)
  • Sayonara Keikoku (The Ravine of Goodbye, 2013)
  • Mahoro Ekimae Kyosokyoku (Tada’s Do-it-All House: Disconcerto, 2014)
  • Setoutsumi (Seto and Utsumi, 2016)
  • Hikari (And Then There Was Light, 2017)