By Takeshi KONDO


Documentary - Completed 2018

Norimistu Kokubo is , who is an artist and autistic, lives with anxiety about losing his parents and surviving his life alone. He decides to be stronger and tougher by getting skills to manage daily life.

& Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Market Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Takeshi KONDO
    • Producer(s)
    • Kotaro YAMANE (Paonetwork Inc.), Hiroko MATSUMOTO (Paonetwork Inc.)
    • Synopsis
    • A man keeps drawing pictures from a bird’s-eye view of a city: sky scrapers, a Ferris wheel, a tank, an airplane, a ship, cars, soldiers, signs, shops….at 21 years old, Norimitsu Kokubo keeps drawing pictures on papers. He creates an imaginary world. He is very knowledgeable on current global issues. He is especially interested in China, Russia, and North Korea. He is attracted to powerful images of their economic development, military power, and autocracy. On the contrary, his drawings are fine, colorful, bright, and whimsical. He slouches his tall slender body of 185 cm when he draws. “In my drawings, I’m freely expressing my thoughts. I’m drawn to something powerful. This is because it’s my ideal” says, Norimitsu.

      He has almost no contact with people outside of his family. His drawing shows how and who he is and helps others understand him better. He always draws major transportation such as, harbors, airports, trains and freeways. They represent the entrance to his world. From there, his world opens up. His drawing is the world he lives in and also opens the doors for others to truly understand who he is and what his world is about.

      Currently, Norimitsu lives with his parents in Higashiomi City in Shiga prefecture. After he graduated from the high school in special education, he began to work at a welfare facility for the disabled, ten minutes from his home. In fabric work, he earns $60-$70 a month. It’s about 1/30th of average salary of the men in his age bracket.

      His father, Mitsuru, who runs a Buddhist shop, was drifting away from parenting as he buried himself in his business. He didn’t know how to communicate with his son. He started psychotherapy for three months after his wife’s illness became more apparent.

      Norimitsu tends to wonder “what if he went to college, what if he works at a regular company, what if he had no disability?” He wonders how he can be more independent. He considers himself as a child because he still lives with his parents, depends on them financially, and receives welfare for disability. “How will I live after my parents pass?” he asks. He starts to prepare for his independence by doing more housekeeping work, such as doing dishes, and cleaning the bathroom, and so forth. He now goes to a driving school in order to obtain a driver’s license.

      Norimitsu started drawing 10-m long 5 years ago. He became too conscious about his work. He kept painting and rubbing the same spots many times so that tiny pills appeared on the paper. His art in the particular period of time has different tone of colors, and a dark city landscape. In his daily life, he’s constantly feeling very anxious.

      Several months passed. Once again he gained his sense of calmness. He faced himself again. An opportunity knocked when his drawing reached 8.3 meters. The art piece, even though it wasn’t finished, was selected to be displayed at Welcome Collection in a British museum. It drew lots of attention.