Japan after the nuclear disaster. A lonely girl is waiting for the evacuation together with her only friend, a female android that is almost indistinguishable from a human being. A touching, subtle and visually brilliant film on displacement, alienation and the nature of emotions. Moreover, it features the most charming android ever played by a real android! Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
Japan after a nuclear disaster. Tanya is terminally ill and awaiting the results of a government-organised evacuation lottery. But since she is a migrant, her chances to win are very low. Left all alone, she spends her last days in a desolate place together with Leona, a female android in a wheelchair who becomes her only true friend.
Sayonara is perhaps the most subtle, poetic and intimate of takes on a post-apocalyptic world and relations between humans and cyborgs. Tanya builds a deeply emotional bond with the robot, who not only looks like a human but also learns to understand things that only people can know - mortality and the fear of death.
In Japanese, 'sayonara' means 'the last goodbye'. This is a special moment full of deep melancholy and true beauty, and such is the film of Fukada Koji. The film features the most charming android ever, fantastically played by the real android Geminoid F, created in Osaka University. Also screens in the programme ID: The Generic Self.