- Based on Saburo Kawamoto’s autobiographical novel, the film is set during the student protests at Tokyo University. At the time, Kawamoto was working as a journalist covering the protests, which were in reaction to the Japanese government’s tolerance of US involvement in the Vietnam War and the use of Okinawa as a staging ground for that war.
A reporter named Sawada (Satoshi Tsumabuki) who interviews protesters and collects data on behalf of the editorial department of a weekly publication. As tensions ramp up in the late 60s, he meets a young activist who introduces himself as Umeyama (Kenichi Matsuyama), although his real name turns out to be Katagiri. Katagiri tells him “Guns and other weapons are being gathered. In April, we’ll take action.” Sawada has serious misgivings about Katagiri, but the two men strike up a strange rapport during a uniquely turbulent era.
Sponichi Grand Prix Newcomer Award (Shiori Kutsuna) - 2011 (66th) Mainichi Film Awards - January 18, 2012
2011 (30th) Vancouver International Film Festival - September 29-October 14, 2011 - Dragons and Tigers *International Premiere
2011 (16th) Busan International Film Festival - October 6-14, 2011 - A Window on Asian Cinema
2011 (55th) BFI London Film Festival - October 12-27, 2011 - World Cinema
2011 (13th) Mumbai Film Festival - October 13-20, 2011 - World Cinema
2011 (11th) International Film Festival of Marrakech - December 2-10, 2011 - Films out of Competition
2012 (10th) Reggio Emilia: Asian Film Festival - March 16-24, 2012 - Competition Section
2012 (12th) Nippon Connection - May 2-May 6, 2012 - Nippon Cinema *German Premiere