PRESS

By Kazuyuki AKASHI

VERSERECORDS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2011

Problems between friends, bullying, cyber bullying, lawsuits, religion, family problems… Many kinds of problem weigh down upon people’s spirits.This human drama questions contemporary society. How to address the problem of communication breakdown is a question with great value and meaning for us.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE, MANDARIN
    • Duration
    • 74 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kazuyuki AKASHI
    • Writer(s)
    • Kazuyuki AKASHI
    • Producer(s)
    • Kazuyuki AKASHI (verserecords)
    • Synopsis
    • Review:
      Press is a study of alienation in the modern world: social and family life are its subjects and the insular world of Japanese high school students forms the context. Bullying, suicide and loneliness are major themes running through the plotline, balanced by insightful observations on human nature and the importance of intimacy.
      Kumi is a young girl going through some rough times: while her parents battle out a divorce, she skips out on school to spend time with her one friend, Riyu, whose parents’ religion makes her a target for bullying. Both girls are considered ‘shut-ins’ – uncommunicative, lonesome and strange – and both are extremely unhappy with their lives. As Riyu’s bullying reaches a climax and Kumi discovers her father’s affair, matters seem to come to a boiling point for the girls, who begin considering some extreme measures.
      Running parallel to Kumi and Riyu’s stories are the lives of more people who lack intimacy: a father facing bankruptcy and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a blind writer who can’t seem to be civil to people, a girl who bullies her best friend for the adulation of the popular crowd. Through pervading silences and scenes of individuals seemingly disconnected from the outside world, Press asks an important question: is a person a whole in themselves, or is identity defined through relationships?
      Orestes Kouzof
      The 19th Raindance Film Festival
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      Film Critic:
      This drama set in the city of Tokyo begins with J.S.BACH’s “AIR ON THE G-STRING”.
      The melody is only played on G, which tells the viewers the arrival of human beings who can not walk straight down in single line on a straight path.
      I like the scenery of the riverbank that repeatedly appears in the “Press” and highly rate the director’s eyes, who had chosen the slow and quiet flowing river as another listener to the character who is pouring out its inner feelings.
      The conclusion to their lives does not surface, just like the end of the river flow does not do so during the film.
      There is no sense of discomfort even though the film was shot before the 3.11.2011 great earthquake and tsunami.
      That is because Kazuyuki Akashi’s debut film the “Press” is continuously chasing the image of constantly changing human beings.
      Akiko KOBARI
      Film Critic
      Cannes FIPRESCI Jury 2003 and 2010
      Committee Member of Japan P.E.N. Club Digital Library
      (HQ :INTERNATIONAL PEN:50-51 High Holborn, London WC1V)
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      The 6th LicthField Hills Film Festival 2011 - Official Selecion
      The 4th ColumbiaGorge International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selecion
      The 4th Canada International Film Festival 2011 - Award of Exellent
      The 19th Raindance Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection Feature
      Cannes 2010 | Completed | Premiere