By Yoshihiro NAKAMURA


Drama - Completed 2012

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 121 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yoshihiro NAKAMURA
    • Writer(s)
    • Tamio HAYASHI, Yoshihiro NAKAMURA
    • Producer(s)
    • Junko NAGASAKA (Smoke Inc.), Toshinori YAMAGUCHI (Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan, LLC.), Yasushi UTAGAWA (Smoke Inc.)
    • Synopsis
    • Satoru Watarai, the film's protagonist was born and raised in the projects.
      Many projects were built to house people in modern luxury as Japan enjoyed an economical boom. Complete with a shopping arcade one could live without leaving the projects, just as Satoru chose to do. Satoru decides to quit school, and complete his life only within the projects. He-san, Satoru's single mother, smilingly assures Satoru that he'll find a way to survive in the projects. As Satoru turns 16, he gets his dream job at Taijironne Bakery, the cake shop he adores. When Satoru turns 20, he falls in love with Saki, his elementary school fantasy girl and loses his virginity. He lives in perfect contentment within the projects. Until one day Saki demands that they go to a karaoke club near the train station. Satoru walks down the long flight of steps leading out of the projects. Halfway down, Satoru has a severe panic attack revealing the truth behind Satoru's decision to stay in the projects. He is unable to leave.
      A traumatic event 10 years earlier locked Satoru in the microcosm of the projects. Satoru has worked hard to preserve that microcosm, exemplified with his dogged protection of the residents. Despite his desires, his former classmates, Saki, Yuri and his employer, Taijiro, all leave the projects. As the projects age noticeably, the last of Satoru's classmates leaves. Satoru meets a girl named Maria and he puts his energy into protecting her from her stepfather's abuse. He stops the abuse with Mas Oyama karate that he's been teaching himself for over a decade. Soon Maria leaves the projects. The projects are increasingly more deserted and rundown but Satoru finds a way to survive. One day he gets a phone call telling him that his mother's had a stroke...