The Promised Land

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    The Promised Land

    Rakuen

    Directed by

    Japan

    2019

    129 min

    • Japanese

    Crime

    A girl is kidnapped along a Y-shaped road but the perpetrator isn’t caught. 12 years later, another girl is kidnapped along the same road. A man living close to the area of kidnappings lives together peacefully with his pet dog who is a coping mechanism to help forget his wife who passed away. He is pushed into deeper isolation after coming into disagreements with the locals in the area which causes him to lose his mind, leading to an incident nobody could have imagined. The truth to everything lies behind the two kidnappings and three peoples’ fates.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Go Ayano
    Hana Sugisaki
    Koichi Sato
    Screenplay
    Takahisa Zeze
    Cinematography
    Atsuhiro Nabeshima
    Editing
    Ryo Hayano
    Music
    Joep Beving
    Production
    KADOKAWA CORPORATION

    Press

    All this is Zeze being Zeze, who, in his indie films, freely experiments with form and relentlessly tests audience limits to powerful and disturbing effect.

    Mark Schilling, Japan Times

    Zeze Takahisa

    Zeze Takahisa

    Japan

    Born in 1960, Zeze Takahisa began making 8 and 16mm independent films as a student at Kyoto University. Upon graduation, he joined Shishi Productions, made his debut as a director in 1989 with the ‘pink’ soft-porn GOOD LUCK JAPAN, and through the early 1990s established himself as one of the ‘Four Heavenly Kings of Pink’. During this time he also wrote a number of scripts under a variety of pseudonyms. Since then he has been active in both television documentaries and feature films, with his 4M-hour epic HEAVEN'S STORY winning the critics’ Netpac Award at the 2011 Berlinale. His latest film THE PROMISED LAND (2019) had its international premiere at the Busan International FF.

    Selected Filmography