Pieta in the Toilet

  • 120'
  • Japan
  • 2015
Sonoda Hiroshi is a young artist who works as a (window) cleaner to make ends meet. He has stomach cancer, but when the story starts he does not know that and when he finds out, at first he doesn’t want to do anything about it. The role of Hiroshi is played by Noda Yojiro, the Japanese pop star and vocalist/guitarist/composer for the popular band Radwimps. This is Noda's first acting experience, but he obviously brings his rockstar charisma with him.
The story about the dying young artist is based on the diary kept by the famous comic strip/manga artist Tezuka Osamu in the last weeks of his life. Tezuka also died of stomach cancer, but not at a very young age (61). The filmmaker calls Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy, among other things, the 'God of Manga'. Tezuka fought for his life, but Hiroshi would prefer to give up on life straight away. However, the schoolgirl Mai believes in him and his art and won’t give up on him.

Director
Matsunaga Daishi
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Toilet no Pieta
Language
Japanese
Producer
Ogawa Shinji
Production Company
BRIDGEHEAD Inc.
Sales
SHOCHIKU BROADCASTING CO., LTD.
Screenplay
Matsunaga Daishi
Cinematography
Ikeuchi Yoshihiro
Editor
Miyajima Ryuji
Production Design
Aiko Etsuko
Sound Design
Hashimoto Yasuo
Music
Noda Yojiro
Cast
Lily Franky, Hana Sugisaki
Website
http://shochiku.co.jp/toilet