Like many other mountain villages in Japan, the one featured node, lost in the country’s mountainous regions, is facing serious problems with its fading population and aging inhabitants.
The film is constructed like a knot, where various people, including the filmmaker, interact with each other. While the film as a whole with its long and patient takes can be interpreted as a documentation the reshaping traditional village in the modern world, it also depicts the process of re-discovering precious memories in conversations between the villagers and the director.
Best Documentary, CinAlfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Portugal, 2017
Born in 1983 in Shiga, Japan. He studied documentary filmmaking in Tokyo Film School for from 2006 until 2008. Later on, he traveled to Norway in 2010, where he studies visual anthropology at the University of Tromsø.
[the ghost=spam], 2006
What inhabits here, 2007 (co-directed with Yuta Hagiwara)
Whilst waiting for the customer, 2008 (co-directed with Elise Castberg)
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Japan/ Norway, 2010, 89’
in Japanese w/ Eng./Arm. subtitles
Director & Writer: Atsushi Koike
Producer: Atsushi Koike
Director of Photography: Atsushi Koike
Editors: Atsushi Koike, Andreas Buch
Sound: Atsushi Koike
Film Production Supervisors: Gary Kildea, Prudence Uriri