22:30 on Fri.,March 21
2008/JAPANESE/100min/PRESENTED BYFKING RECORD
This is an adaptation of the shock manga "Akanbo Shoujo" (created by Kazuo Umezu) by director Yudai Yamaguchi, who won the Grand Prix in the Young Competition category of our film festival in 2003 for "Battlefield Stadium". Nako Mizusawa, who has won much attention for her performance in the leading role in this her first film, is supported by such gifted actors as Goro Noguchi and Atsuko Asano. The film brings to life the world of "Akanbo Shoujo" as only a movie can.
A beautiful girl, Yoko, gets lost one night during an air raid and is taken in by an orphanage. Eventually, she is reunited with her own family and goes home to live with them. But there, an unexpected fate awaits her as she is subjected to horrific brutality from these people who are tortured by a past mistake. In the original comic series, the character "Tamami" left many readers traumatized, and it is interesting to see how Yudai, a proven talent at adapting comics for the screen, chooses to portray her.
[author of the original work]
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¡Profile of the director
was born in 1971. After graduating from the Japan Academy of Moving Images, he participated in a number of independent film festivals, winning many awards. In 2000, he co-wrote the screenplay for and worked as second unit director on "Versus", directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. In 2002, he made his directorial debut with "Battlefield Stadium", a film which was shown at this festival. His following films, "ManGataro Show Babaazone" (2004) and "Sakigake - Cromartie High School: The Movie" (2005) have also been invited to the festival. Additionally, he directed an episode in "Kazuo Umezz's Horror Theater" called "The Present"(2005).