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Documentary - Completed 2015

“Naoto Alone in Fukushima” is a documentary about one man remaining in the no-man’s land and has unwittingly become the guardian of life. The film follows his struggle to survive in the hometown, which Japan tries to obliterate from its map.

& Awards

Montréal World FF 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mayu NAKAMURA
    • Writer(s)
    • Mayu NAKAMURA
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Since the nuclear disaster, the Japanese government has arbitrarily designated 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as the exclusion zone where all the residents were forced to evacuate, and all the farm animals were ordered to be exterminated. However, there is one man who has stayed in his hometown near the plant. “I have nowhere to go like these animals, so I’m staying with them,” 55 year-old Naoto Matsumura has decided to stay with abandoned animals in spite of exposure to deadly radiation. Naoto used to run a construction company and was involved in constructing the nuclear power plants. After the disaster, he lost his family and business, and chose to stay near the plant, which dominated and controlled his life. Ironically, he has found a new purpose to live in taking care of abandoned animals in the radiation-saturated town. However, there are many struggles in keeping animals alive, especially cattle, which he never took care of before. Three years after the disaster, many cattle are getting weak and dying. But more calves are born. Naoto is trying everything to keep them alive and this struggle is what keeps him going.