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Film Fest Gent - Danchi
Archived: Danchi - The Projects (2016)

director: Junji Sakamoto

composer: Gorô Yasukawa
With: Naomi Fujiyama, Ittoku Kishibe, Mari Hamada, Mayu Harada, a.o.

duration: 103 minutes
Comedy, Science Fiction

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Film Fest Gent - Danchi

Hinako moved to a 3 room apartment in the housing project called danchi with her husband Seiji, 6 months ago. They had managed a third generation herbal medicine store until the unexpected death of their beloved son in an accident. Since the move, Hinako has started a part time job, but Seiji spends everyday wandering aimlessly around. Occasionally a young man visits the Yamashita household because remedy that Seiji makes is the only effective medicine for him. This mysterious young man, who speaks slightly strange Japanese, is Mr. SHINJO. After a while, Seiji disappears from the estate. Again, rumors start up, "Have they finally divorced?" and "Did he simply vanish?" To cap it all off, the housewives on the estate believe that Hinako has offed her husband and is hiding his body in their apartment.

What really happened to Seiji? And who is SHINJO? Soon rumors start up among this small community.

"'The Projects' is exactly the sort of film that wins audience awards, but in this case it would not be inappropriate. It is a film with tremendous heart, but it has no time for cheap sentimentality. Highly recommended." (Japan Cuts '16)


director: Junji Sakamoto
composer: Gorô Yasukawa
producer: Wakana Kanno
screenplay: Junji Sakamoto
Editor: Shin'ichi Fushima
Cinematography: Ryô Ohtsuka

production company: Kino Films

More info

dialogue: Japanese
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Japan
year: 2016


Junji Sakamoto: Kiss (Short 1986), Dotsuitarunen (1989), Tekken (1990), Ôte (1991), Tokarefu (1994), Boxer Joe (1995), Biriken (1996), Kizu darake no tenshi (1997), Orokamono: Kizu darake no tenshi (1998), Another Battle (2000), Face (2000), KT (2002), My House (2002), Out of This World (2004), Aegis (2005), Tamamoe! (2006), Chameleon (2008), Yami no kodomo-tachi (2008), The Short Films: We Were All Once Children - Director (segments: Observation Tower) (2008), Zatoichi: The Last (2010), Strangers in the City (2010), Someday (2011), A Chorus of Angels (2012), The Human Trust (2013), Jo no ashita (2015), The Projects (2016), Ernest (2017).

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format: DCP


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