Didgeridoo performer GOMA developed higher brain dysfunction as the result of an expressway accident. While looking back on his rehabilitation and recovery with his family's help, animation recreates his “flashbacks” - incongruous images that suddenly appear in his brain. This completely new style of 3D movie that blends past footage, flashbacks, and studio performances is also emphatically a story of familial love.
- Netpac Prize - Jeonju IFF
- Audience Award - Tokyo IFF
- Kosuke Tsuji
- Kenta Tajika
- Kyoichi Shiino
- Tomonori Watanabe
- Daisuke Imai
Documentary can only record the present, making it decidedly different from dramatic film. Goma has lost much of his past due to his accident, and has difficulty maintaining recent memories. He cannot even remember the shooting of this film. Using documentary techniques to film his current life was a given, but I also had to portray his lost past as his present. It was therefore necessary to use 3D as a means of personal expression, and to interpret solidity and depth as layers. I don't know if this film qualifies as a documentary, but it's unmistakably a film that came about through meeting Goma.
- SPACE SHOWER NETWORKS INC.
A terrific music documentary with a difference.
ANNYONG KIMCHI, a graduation film for the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, won awards including a New Asian Currents Special Mention at the 1999 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. ANNYONG YUMIKA received Best Documentary at the 2009 Mainichi Film Concours, and LIVE TAPE was awarded Best Picture in the 2009 Tokyo International Film Festival's Japanese Eyes section.