|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
In 1936, Taki leaves her hometown in the countryside to work as a maid at a somewhat modern house with a red gabled roof in the suburbs of Tokyo. It is the tranquil home of kindhearted Tokiko, her husband Masaki, and their adorable son. However, when a young man Itakura enters their lives, Tokiko finds herself irresistibly drawn toward him. Several years on, Taki has passed away. While sorting through her belongings, Takeshi finds an unaddressed, unopened envelope containing a letter.
The Little House features MATSU Takako, an actress known as the leading lady of melodrama films and TSUMABUKI Satoshi,
Japan’s young iconic actor who has worked across genres. The film’s winner of the Silver Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film
Festival was not TSUMABUKI Satoshi who delivered an impressive portrayal of a contemporary youth looking back on the Second
World War. Neither MATSU Takako, who brought back to life an upper middle class woman suffering in the grip of an unfortunate
affair, nor the veteran actress BAISHO Chieko’s tears of remorse as a woman who had been a maid her entire life, was enough to
earn the award. In fact, the Silver Bear was awarded to KUROKI Haru who played the younger self of BAISHO Chieko’s character.
KUROKI Haru portrayed the quiet young maid from the countryside whose head was bowed down most of the time. In The Little
House, the everyday life of a toy company owner’s family and their maid, who live in a western style house designed after some
illustration from a picture book, and tragic love are delicately woven together. The era interlaced in this way becomes dislocated by
the war. The picture is never completed and both people and their love are buried. However, the truth can never be concealed and
buried no matter how hard we try. Nor is it possible to bring back people and save love. Based on NAKAJIMA Kyoko’s novel of the
same title that won the 143rd Naoki Prize, this film incorporates Virginia Lee BURTON’s The Little House into the original story, as if
to hide a secret inside a confession. No matter how much the world changes, the little house remains strong. [LEE Angela]
YAMADA YojiYAMADA Yoji
Born in Osaka in 1931. He made his film debut with A Stranger Upstairs (1961), and, over the years, he has directed many excellent films. The Twilight Samurai (2012) swept 15 awards at the 26th Japanese Academy Awards. His works are innumerable including Love and Honor (2006), Kabei (2007), and also a series of Samurai films. Tokyo Family (2013) was premiered at the 63th Berlin Film Festival.