Seventh Code

  • 60'
  • Japan
  • 2013
Businessman Matsunaga didn’t turn up for the date he promised Akiko. So the girl (played by Maeda Atsuko, also a popular singer in Japan) followed him from Tokyo as a stalker into the most desolate corners of the Siberian port of Vladivostok. Dragging a huge suitcase on wheels, she reveals a perseverance you wouldn’t expect from a girl who looks so naive.
Kurosawa has his roots in the horror and crime genre, but has already built up a broad oeuvre, including the Cannes award-winning Tokyo Sonata (2008) and the widely praised mini-series Penance (2012). With the satirically tinted Seventh Code (his first film shot outside Japan) he is taking a brief break from heavier work. A free thriller exercise full of surprises, with Russian mafia, a failed Japanese restaurant owner, a mysterious object and a passionate pop song filled with melancholy. Kurosawa's psychological horror film Real is also being screened at IFFR.
Director
Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
60'
Medium
DCP
Language
Japanese
Producer
Yasushi Kubota
Production Company
Nikkatsu Corporation
Sales
King Record Co. Ltd.
Screenplay
Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Cinematography
Kimura Shinya
Editor
Takahasi Koichi
Production Design
Ataka Norifumi
Sound Design
Fukimoto Kenichi
Cast
Maeda Atsuko