Mejima

  • 79'
  • Japan
  • 2013
Mejima is a young Japanese man who earns his living in a small slaughterhouse. He is very proud of not having any goal in life, even though his eyes sometimes give the game away. Sex worker Mon thinks she was made for her job, as she never gets her period and so cannot become pregnant. Her Chinese boss is a young criminal - the opposite of Mejima in every way. The illegal Chinese community in Tokyo see him as their saviour, and Japanese Mon also admires him.
When Mejima encounters the pair, his indifference starts to make way for romantic desires and jealousy, and his smouldering resentment finally explodes.
Debut director Izutani is one of the finds of Tokyo's PIA festival, which specialises in new talent. Mejima turns out to be an atmospheric cross between a crime story and a melancholy reflection on the meaning of life, regularly punctuated by blood. It is also an incisive portrayal of the differences between Japan and China.
Director
Izutani Tomonori
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
79'
Medium
HDcam
Language
Japanese
Producer
Izutani Tomonori
Sales
PIA Film Festival
Screenplay
Takahisa Yamaguchi
Editor
Izutani Tomonori
Production Design
Fuji Masato
Sound Design
Okano Toshiya
Music
Oshima Ryo
Cast
Michio Ban, Satsuki Okawa