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14th(2012)



Goodbye UR - Japanese Social Housing Crisis

HAYAKAWA Yumiko

  • Japan
  • 2011
  • 73min
  • HD
  • color
  • Documentary

The demolition of block 73 of the Takahatadai housing complex is suddenly announced by UR (Urban Renaissance Agency, formerly the Japan Housing Corporation). The filmmaker embarks on an investigation all by herself involving concerned residents, UR, and the Land Ministry, exposing their true thoughts and feelings. The filmmaker\'s approach is filled with humor as she delves into Japan\'s public/social-housing issue while also bringing to the surface other systematic problems of Japanese society.[*2010 Aichi International Women\'s Film Festival]
 
 
 

 


 

The film starts with showing big scale of low-income public apartment complex built in the era of industrialization, which is commonly found in Korea also. UR(Urban Renaissance Agency), renamed from Japan Housing Corporation, has supported housing for the low-income but the present government is attempting to demolish about 50,000 apartments owned by UR, in order to sell the land to individuals or private companies. The government’s filmsy excuse for this plan is that UR apartments are vulnerable to earthquakes. However, the residents, who can’t accept the government’s announcement changing from repair to demolish, choose to fight against it rather than leave the place. The issue of UR is related with welfare for the aged, which is a hot potato for the aging society like Japan, because most of the people, who are facing eviction from public housing facilities, are old-age pensioners who are hardly able to find a new place to live. The film presents the complicated reality of public housing system of Japan with interviews with tenants, housing experts, jurist, and the representative of UR. The opening and closing scenes of the film show the director’s view that the UR privatization is not only a matter of housing, but also destroying a local community which has been a base for people’s lives. (HWANG Miyojo) *2011 Aichi International Women's Film Festival


 

Director

  • HAYAKAWA YumikoHAYAKAWA Yumiko

    Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1975. While her studying journalism in London, she started her filming career and made her first documentary film Brian and Co. Parliament Square SW1 in 2009, which won the Japan Congress of Journalists New Face Award. Goodbye UR - Japanese Social Housing Crisis is her second documentary and won the Sky Perfect IDEHA Prize at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2011.

Credit

  • ProducerHAYAKAWA Yumiko
  • Cast MURATA Hidenori , NAKAGAWA Kyoko
  • Cinematography HAYAKAWA Yumiko
  • Editor HAYAKAWA Yumiko
  • Music Sage, Hou, OKA Yuko
  • Sound HAYAKAWA Yumiko