By Katsuya Tomita
Running Time: 167 minutes
Image ratio : 1.85
A Kofu, a suburb of Tokyo, Seiji works on projects with a team of Thai, Japanese, Korean and Bresilian workers. He sympathizes with Hosaka just returned from Thailand. Together, they spend their evenings in bars with young Thai. At a party, they meet Takuru member of the hip-hop community of the city, Army Village. Affected by the economic crisis, it sings his discomfort and his rage against the society.
During a battle of rap, Army Village meets a group of Brazilians with japanese origins. Starts a "battle of words" with identiy background .
Production : KUZOKU
Executive Producer : Takayuki Sasamoto
Producers: Kotaro Date, Satomi Tomita
Director : Katsuya Tomita
Screenplay : Toranosuke Aizawa, Katsuya Tomita
Cinematography : Yoshiko Takano
Sound : Iwao Yamazaki
Assistant Director : Kentaro Kawakami
Editors : Katsuya Tomita, Yoshiko Takano
Still Photographer : Ikuko Hirose
Production Designer & Art Director: Hiroshi Imamura
Born in 1972 and a native of Kofu, Yamanashi prefecture, Katsuya Tomita moved to Tokyo upon graduating from high school to pursue his dream of one day becoming a musician. Throughout his days in Tokyo, he spent his time watching films and began to develop a desire to make films. He went on to earning cash working delivery jobs, and used his earnings to film.
In 2003, he released his first work "Above the Cloud" (8mm), which took him five years to make. The film was awarded the highest prize in the Film School of Tokyo's 2004 film festival, and with the award, Tomita went on to making "Off Highway 20" (16mm), later released in 2007. In this work, Tomita depicts the lives of young men living in Kofu, who, have no choice but to seek for a sense of belonging in the suburb outside of the city.
Around then, "KUZOKU-ku a tribe of film makers" was founded from his surrounding peers. The group aims to seek alternative ways to distribute film in the Japanese film industry. Their new film "SAUDADE" was produced from donations collected from KUZOKU supporters.
2003 : Above the Cloud
2007 : Off Highway 20
2011 : Saudade
PRESS AND FESTIVALS
Charlotte Garson for les 3 continents Festival
“3D jobs: dirty, dangerous and devalued”: this is how Katsuya Tomita defines the precarious jobs of the workers in Saudade.
The film-maker knows all about it: he was a truck driver while he made his first two
Through the stories of several workers sent by agencies on a “rotten” site, this fiction film explores a fragmented national identity, with a very stimulating freedom.
Grand Prix (Montgolfière d'Or) - Festival des 3 Continents 2011 (France) - International Competition
Festival del film Locarno 2011 (Switzerland) - International Competition
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2011 (Portugal) - Out of competition
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012 (China) - Indie Power
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival 2012 (Argentina) – Cinema of the Future
Jeonju International Film Festival 2012 (South Korea) – Tomita Katsuya Special– World Cinema
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 (U.K.)– New Perspectives
Munich International Film Festival 2012 (Germany) – International Independents
Japanese Film Festival Zipangu Fest (UK)
Camera Japan Festival (Netherlands)
Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan) – The Cutting-Edge Fighter: Tomita Katsuya
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