The most original of all Japanese films about the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami, Shinozaki Makoto’s dark psychological thriller centres on two women. Psychology lecturer Eiko, who lost her fiancé Kiyoshi in the tsunami, begins researching premonition when she learns that some people had premonitory dreams of the disaster. One of them is the student Kaoru, who is working with classmates on a play about reactions to the tsunami; when her fellow actors drop out with misgivings, Kaoru turns the project into her own monologue performance.
Meanwhile, strange things are happening on the campus: Eiko sees Kiyoshi’s ghost, and a student reading Dostoyevsky begins to feel he has a double. There are recurring dreams and troubling time-slips in this Cronenberg-esque drama about traumatic premonitions and haunting empathies.

Filmmaker
Shinozaki Makoto
Country
Japan
Year
2014
Medium
HDcam
Length
112’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Ichiyama Shozo
Production Company
Office Kitano Inc
Sales
Office Kitano Inc
Writer
Shinozaki Makoto, Sakai Zenzo
Cinematography
Akiyama Yuki
Editor
Izumi Yoko
Sound Design
Dodo Yasuyuki
Music
Nagashima Hiroyuki
Cast
Suzuki Takuji, Yamada Kinuo