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Natsuki, a bookstore employee, one day, catches a woman shoplifting, but the book doesn’t turn up. Later, a teenage boy, Koji, comes to speak to Natsuki. He says he’s the accused woman’s son, and that he’s convinced she’d stolen the book.
As Natsuki fails to achieve subjecthood in loves and relationships, she indulges in reading while she tries to overcome those failures, and eventually becomes a bookstore clerk. One day, she catches a sight of a middleaged woman stealing a book and she scuffles with the woman only to be humiliated. Natsuki visits her house to apologize and finds the woman’s family holds out in tension and anxiety. In the house, she meets a teenage boy Koji who is the only family member who tries to fix this broken family. All to the Sea draws the collapse of basic social unit, family, a feeling of helplessness for trust and intimacy of human relationship, and individuals’ silent endeavor to fix this inescapable situation in a manner of somewhat dry humor. The director carefully visualizes a cell phone novel which Natsuki was asked to write a review for and this image circuitously delivers what the film tries to say to contemporary women or what the women want to say. SATO Eriko shows a mature acting as critically utilizes her image that has been spent in show business industry. YAMADA Akane, a novelist as well as a screenwriter•director, makes the film out of her novel of the same name. (HWANG Miyojo)
YAMADA Akane YAMADA Akane
She worked in a TV production company before becoming a freelance TV director and directing documentaries and educational programs. Since the 1990s, she has written novels, winning several literary awards in Japan. She adapted one of her own novels for the screenplay for All to the Sea, which marks her feature film debut as a director.