The serious social theme and realistic depiction profoundly affect the viewer.
“His outstanding character depiction has been wide praised both domestically and abroad!!”
"The director has a reputation for fine ensemble cast dramas in which the stories are linked by the silent screams of those whose happiness is snatched away.”
"His distinct worldview is addictive!”
"The camera work is well thought out and calculated."
The latest film by Izumi Takahashi (Gunjo-iro), the director/screenwriter highly acclaimed in Berlin, Montreal, and various film festivals around the world.
Born on November 1, 1973 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Takahashi is a screenwriter and film director who began creating works with Hiromasa Hirosue from 2001 as the unit "Gunjo-iro (Ultramarine)." They have since produced over 20 independent films to date. His outstanding skill in character depiction has been highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally.
Filmography as Director
-The Soup, One Morning ('03)
Winner of the Grand Prize, Pia Film Festival 2004 PFF Award Competition
Winner of the Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema, Vancouver International Film Festival 2004
Winner of the Golden DV Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2005
Winner of the Grand Prize in the Main Competition, Infinity Festival (Italy)
- What the Heart Craves ('07)
Screened in the Forum program at the Berlin International Film Festival 2008
- I Am Not the World You Want to Change ('12)
Winner of the Student Jury Prize, Tokyo FILMeX 2012
Filmography as Writer
- Fourteen ('06, Directed by Hiromasa Hirosue)
Winner of the NETPAC prize for best Asian film, The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam
- Solanin ('10, Directed by Takahiro Miki)
- Crying 100 Times: Every Raindrop Falls ('13, Directed by Ryuichi Hiroki)
- The Devil's Path ('13, Directed and co-written by Kazuya Shiraishi)
Screened at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival Focus on World Cinema program
Nominated for the Japan Academy Prize Picture of the Year and Screenplay of the Year
Into the forest. Into sound. To find the something shaped like a parakeet.
Two years ago, Yoshikawa had an affair with Marina, his friend Mitsu's fiancée, and she became pregnant with Yoshikawa's child. Although he had a guilty conscience about what he had done, he refused to help Mitsu when he ran over a child in a fatal car accident.Yoshikawa then released the parakeet that his friends had asked him to look after in an effort to part with everything in his past. But still tormented by a lingering sense of regret, he continues to shut himself into a locker that has been dumped on the roof of a building. Dari, a deaf pet detective, has recently become engaged and is living happily with her fiancé. But deep down she feels the disability of not being able to hear, and thinks that she must continually ask for permission from other people in order to live. One day, Yoshikawa meets Dari and hires her to find the parakeet. Will the two be able to overcome their past and disability to locate the "something shaped like a parakeet" that has been lost?
■65th Internationale Filmfespiele Berlin (2015)
- Hiromasa Hirosue (廣末哲万), Miho Ohshita (大下未歩), Takashi Matsumoto (松本高士),
Midori Shin-e (新恵みどり), Yasuhiro Isobe (磯部泰宏), Hikaru Takanezawa (高根沢光),
Satoshi Yabumoto (薮本悟司), Keiko Sugawara (菅原佳子), Akie Namiki (並木愛枝)
- Directed and Written
- Izumi Takahashi (高橋泉)
- GUNJO-IRO Production Supervisor: KAZUMO
- Drama, Thriller
- Technical Specs
- Color / 1:1.85 / Digital / 5.1ch