Haruneko

Hokimoto Sora

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 85'
  • Japan
  • 2016

With this abstract, elusive and above all highly musical fever dream, debuting director Hokimoto Sora makes a valiant play for the accolade 'weirdest film of the year'. The action takes place in a café run by The Manager, helped by an elderly woman and a boy called Haru. The café is a refuge for everyone who wants to die: young and old, good and bad. The Manager drives these people to a misty place deep in the woods, where they gradually disappear and are transformed into sound waves.
Who exactly these people are is left largely to our imagination, although brief bursts from their pasts are shown during a strange magic lantern show, which is always concluded by a musical act – including a children’s choir and pop band wearing white cat masks. Because, as the film decrees: “All that is left for us is to sing and dance.”

Director
Hokimoto Sora
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Language
Japanese
Producers
Aoyama Shinji, Sento Takenori / Suncent CinemaWorks Inc.
Production Company
Pictures Dept. Co. Ltd.
Sales
Pictures Dept. Co. Ltd.
Screenplay
Hokimoto Sora
Cinematography
Suzuki Yoi
Editor
Hokimoto Sora
Music
Hokimoto Sora
Cast
Yamamoto Keisuke, Kawase Yota, Akatsuka Minako, Lily, Tanaka Min, Iwata Ryuto, Takahashi Yo
Website
http://haruneko-movie.com