Location is a village dependent on the timber industry. When the economic recession hit in 1971, many left the area. In the same year, the plan was launched to dig a train tunnel to improve the accessibility of the area. Family head Tahara Kozo, who lives a modest life with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, his nephew Eisuke and darling daughter Michiru, takes an intensive interest in the construction of the tunnel. It becomes his dream for the future. But then the construction of the tunnel is halted half way. Fifteen years later the Tahara family is poor and Eisuke maintains it: he works in a bar outside the village. Yasuyo takes a part-time job in the same bar. Michiru, who has always regarded Eisuke as a brother, starts to feel more deeply fond of him. One day Kozo leaves the house with his 8mm camera and disappears into the tunnel on his own.Kawase Naomi (27) has earlier examined the theme of the family in two impressive short documentaries. In this feature début, time or rather the timeless nature of life in a remote village plays an important role. With feeling for subtleties and details Kawase portrays the area in which she grew up. The well-known actor Kunimura Hajime plays the father, the other roles are mainly played by non-professional actors.

Filmmaker
Kawase Naomi
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Japan
Year
1996
Medium
35mm
Length
100’
Language
Japanese
Producer
WOWOW, Inc., Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.
Sales
Bitters End Inc.
Writer
Kawase Naomi