The Great Passage

  • 133'
  • Japan
  • 2013
When the editor Araki wants to leave the publishing house for which he works, he has to find a successor for the project he is working on: making a new dictionary which contains the living language. He finds the ideal successor in Mitsuya Majime, whose name in Japanese means ‘meticulous’. Majime starts on the huge task with a small group of colleagues. In the meantime, in the house where he has lived for 10 years with a landlady, he meets the girl of his dreams: aspiring chef Kaguya.
Just as lovingly and dedicatedly as the editors do their work, the film shows how the romance between the two introverted beings blossoms, despite their halting verbal communication. At the same time it shows how they work word for word on The Great Passage - the name that has been thought up for the reference work that has to function as a ship in a sea of words. A modest ode to perseverance, tenacity and love in all its facets.

Director
Ishii Yuya
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
133'
Medium
HDcam
Original title
Fune wo amu
Language
Japanese
Producers
Tomoo Tsuchii, Kimitaka Goka, Ikeda Fumitsugu, Iwanami Yasuyuki
Production Company
Shochiku Broadcasting Co., LTD.
Sales
Shochiku Broadcasting Co., LTD.
Screenplay
Kensaku Watanabe
Cinematography
Fujisawa Junichi
Editor
Fushima Shinichi
Production Design
Harada Mitsuo
Sound Design
Kato Hirokazu
Music
Watanabe Takashi
Cast
Joe Odagiri, Matsuda Ryuhei