Somewhere between deadpan and plain weird, Suzuki Yohei’s unique brand of satirical comedy returns with the mysteriously titled YEAH. A young woman, Ako, wanders around a sparsely populated housing estate in the rural city of Mito, where she spends her time speaking to objects and plants. She slips in and out of the conscious world.
To those who encounter her, Ako appears to have psychiatric issues; to her, everybody simply misunderstands her. The film is situated in a housing estate that symbolises the prosperity of Japan’s recent past, while its dilapidation represents the nation’s failed present. In this politically charged setting, Suzuki asks us to consider whether his countrymen are Ako, whose apparently aimless pursuit is still one that is committed, or if they are the ones obstructing her path.
Screens with the director’s short film After the Exhibition.