短篇映画 すず - Short Film "SUZU"

Direction & Screenplay

Overview

The city of Takaoka in Toyama prefecture, is well known for its traditional arts and crafts. Like every local areas, Takaoka is facing the declining of craftsmen and heirs year after year. I directed a short movie located in Takaoka in favor of Takaoka Traditional Industry Youth Association. The main character is a married couple, the husband who refused to take over his family business and the wife. He moved back to his hometown Takaoka after spending time in Tokyo wondering. The best friend's death stroke him and changed his path to the life as a craftsman. It depicts the conflict between the craftsmanship in problematic local areas in Japan and the future of the young people. It was published on Youtube and have gained much attention and popularity at film festivals such as Japanese Film Festival in Firenze.

日本を代表するものづくりの街富山県高岡市。伝統工芸の長い歴史をもつ高岡も昨今の例に漏れず、後継者問題などで年々その職人の数が減っている。高岡伝統産業青年会の依頼で高岡を舞台にした短編映画を監督した。主人公は家業を継がなかった男とその妻。憧れの東京へ行ったものの今ひとつしっくり来ないで故郷の高岡へと帰ってくる。そして、職人を続けていた友人の死。それをきっかけに伝統工芸の職人の道を選ぶ、という物語。高岡のものづくりがリアルに直面している問題と若者たちが考える将来との葛藤を描いた。映画はYoutubeで公開し、フィレンツェ映画祭をはじめとした多くの映画祭で高い評価を得ている。


Story

Takashi is a TVCM director in his local town, Takaoka in Toyama prefecture who used to chase his dream of being a film director. And his wife who also dreamed of being a singer-songwriter, Suzu make BGM for his CM. They both feel a bit awkward about their path being off. Something is going wrong. Koji is one of the very few local friends of Takashi, who took over his family business of Traditional Arts and Crafts. He knew Takashi somehow had a sense of guilt for not taking over his family business. Just another ordinary night, Koji fell in stroke on the way back from drinking. The best friend's death stroke Takashi right in front of his eyes. Flashbacks of words from his friends and his wife. After a night of tears, Suzu came to Takashi and asked to come home. Takashi made a decision to become a craftsman. Looking just ahead, he moved on.

映画監督を目指していたタカシは故郷である富山県高岡市で地元のローカルCMのディレクターとして日々を過ごしていた。そのCMのBGMを作曲しているのはタカシの妻であるすず。すずは小さい頃から唄うことが大好きでシンガーソングライターを目指していた。二人とも、なんとなく夢に近づいているけれどどこか煮え切らない毎日を送っている。「このままじゃ、いけない」そう思っている。もともと友達が少ないタカシではあったが幼なじみの親友にコージがいた。コージは伝統工芸の家業を継いで職人をやっている。コージにはわかっていた。タカシが家業を継いでいないことにどこか後ろめたさを感じていることを。いつものような、なんでもない日。飲みにいった帰り道。突然、タカシの前でコージが倒れた。前触れもなくやってきた友達の死。走馬灯のように蘇る友や妻のさりげない一言。一晩中、ひとしきり泣いたタカシをすずはやさしく声をかける。「おうちにかえろう」と。そして、タカシは職人になることを決意する。前だけをみつめて歩き始めた。

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Director / Screenplay : Seiichi Hishikawa

Director : Seiichi Hishikawa
Starring : Maki Murakami , Kazuma Narimoto
Music Director : Shinya Kiyokawa
Director of Photography : Yutaka Obara
Producer : Takashi Ueno

Produced by Takaoka Traditional Industry Youth Association , DRAWING AND MANUAL

 

Official Website
suzu-takaoka.com/en/

Official Facebook Page
facebook.com/suzu.monochrome