German war-time experiments, Symphony No. 9 led by Furtwängler, and conch shell poison. This is a tale of love and science fiction depicting the fate of a couple shaped by these three entwining elements unbound by time.
Those who consume the poison of the mutated conch shells see vivid hallucinations of their deceased loved ones.
They are chained to their desire of intaking the poison again in hopes of reuniting with these sweet illusions. Eventually, these hallucinations take control of their victims, leading them to the depths of the sea. Keiichiro Kurusu is yet another prey of this poison, haunted by a hallucination of his deceased wife. However, he discovers a way to implant the soul of his actual wife into these hallucinations. The answer lay in an experiment conducted in Germany near the end of the War and a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 led by a world-famous master-conductor.
He entered Yamagata University in 1992. While conducting research on detection devices for X-rays radiating from black holes, he directed 20 short films as a member of the film society in his six years there, including graduate school. Completing his graduate studies at Yamagata University in 1998, he began making independent films in 2001 while based in Shiojiri, Nagano. He has continued making films while based in Saitama since 2014.
The key point of this story is Time.
Humans are bound by the flow of time. However, the appearance of the protagonist’s deceased wife, Harumi, clearly goes against this flow. I was aiming to convey a bond in which the flow of time was meaningless. They were together in both the past and future.
The last scene of this movie brings us back to the past, or rather, we were right there from the start. I wished to show that they were always in that time-frame, being together come what may.
As long as we are in this world, we are bound by the flow of time, fated to grow old, and eventually die. Here, my goal was to depict love as an everlasting force capable of crossing the boundaries of time.
Awards and Honors
BEST FOREIGN FEATURE FILM(WINNER)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY FEATURE FILM(WINNER Sayaka Saito)
BEST INDIE FEATURE(AWARDS OF PRESTIGE)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (AWARDS OF PRESTIGE Kana Godo)
BEST FILM OF THE MONTH(SEMI-FINALIST)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY(SEMI-FINALIST Sayaka Saito)
BEST SONG(SEMI-FINALIST “Miracle No.9”)
FIRST FEATURE FILM(FINALIST)
BEST ACTOR(FINALIST Kyoichi Komoto)
BEST ACTRESS(FINALIST Kana Godo)
FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS(WINNER)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM(SEMI-FINALIST)
BEST ACTOR(SEMI-FINALIST Kyoichi Komoto)
Award of Avant-garde
Award of Excellence Special Mention: Film Feature
Award of Excellence: Asian