Aardvark

  • 80'
  • USA
  • 2010
As he puts it himself, Larry Lewis is ‘your true to life blind drunk’. Blind since birth, he has recently started trying to stop drinking. In his attempts to rebuild a normal life, he becomes fascinated by the Japanese art of self defence known as jiujitsu. He soon makes friends with Darren, his jiujitsu teacher.
Up to that point, the story of Aardvark is based on the real life of the protagonist Lewis, an acquaintance of young Japanese-American director Kitao Sakurai. But this unusual docudrama soon starts shifting towards pure fiction. A seductive girl turns up, along with a shady criminal client and a murder. Sakurai links realism to film noir, and American revenge drama to Eastern explosiveness.
A strikingly poetic, hybrid film is the result, with a protagonist who easily attracts all the attention. Just like Zatoichi, the legendary blind Japanese sword fighter, Larry Lewis is not easily defeated: 'Never underestimate a blind guy.'

Director
Kitao Sakurai
Countries of production
USA, Argentina
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
80'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producer
Andrew Barchilon
Production Company
Naked Faces
Sales
FiGa Films
Screenplay
Kitao Sakurai
Cinematography
Aaron Kovalchik
Editor
Luke Lynch
Production Design
Ana Cambre
Sound Design
Jason Candler
Music
Fall On Your Sword
Cast
Larry L. Lewis Jr., Darren Branch
Website
http://nakedfacesfilm.com