The Eye's Dream

Sato Hisayasu

IFFR 2017

Voices

  • 102'
  • Japan
  • 2016

Body horror transitions smoothly into pink film (Japanese soft porn) in this story about the young photographer Maya, who is upset by eyes. She pushes her camera into the face of every passer-by. She hounds her victims and penetrates the window into their soul. Neurologist Sata diagnosis her as suffering from an unusual form of phantom pain, the result of her being kidnapped at a young age, an ordeal that ended with her skewering the eye of the kidnapper. Sata asks if he can make a documentary about her. The hunter becomes prey. At the same time, an eye thief roams the city and it turns out that Maya’s former tormentor has not forgotten her. 
The violence in this genre-bender is grotesque, the sex disturbing. But in addition, serious subjects are tackled, such as voyeurism and 'the male gaze'. The act of looking itself is sexualised, and then even totalised. Or as Maya puts it: “I am an eyeball.”

Director
Sato Hisayasu
Countries of production
Japan, USA
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
102'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Gankyu no yume
Language
Japanese
Producers
Sakaguchi Kazunao / Stance Company, Vêrêna Paravel / Arrête Ton Cinéma, Lucien Castaing-Taylor / Arrête Ton Cinéma
Production Companies
Stance Company, Arrête Ton Cinéma
Sales
Arrête Ton Cinéma
Screenplay
Yumeno Shiro
Cinematography
Miki Shigenori
Editor
Ukai Kunihiko
Production Design
Hayashi China
Sound Design
Ueda Nakabe, Tan Yuji
Music
Tadokoro Daisuke
Cast
Marissa, Nakano Tsuyoshi, Sakuragi Rina, Panta
Website
http://www.gankyu.net/