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West North West

World Premiere
Director
Takuro NAKAMURA
Country
Japan
Entry Year
2015
Running Time
125min
Format / Color
Unencrypted DCP / Color
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PROGRAM NOTE
West North West depicts the story of young people who have lost a sense of direction in their lives. For them, “empathy” is more important than “understanding.” The film mostly revolves around a lesbian couple, Kei and Ai. Kei works at a cocktail bar, while Ai works as a model. Fearing she'll be ostracized by society, Kei chooses not to admit her sexual orientation to anyone, and, as a result, she becomes distressed and lonely. One day, Kei gets close to Naima, an Iranian student studying art in Japan. Ai quickly becomes jealous of them and their budding relationship. Kei gradually becomes pessimistic as she thinks about a future with Ai, and Ai worries that she will lose Kei. In the meantime, Naima is having a hard time understanding what Kei wants despite growing closer to her. All three of them are embarrassed and insecure but eventually they begin to share their emotions. West North West portrays the unstable lives of these young people with no direction to go, and Nakamura Takuro expertly captures these turbulent emotions, fragile as glass, in the most delicate way. (KIM Ji-seok)
DIRECTOR
Director
NAKAMURA Takuro
Nakamura Takuro is a graduate of Waseda University and is also a photographer and an installation artist. His films include Taito (2011) and I’m Home (2012). Taito won the Special Jury Award at the 33rd PIA Film Festival. West North West is his second feature film.
CREDITS
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DIRECTOR NAKAMURA Takuro
PRODUCER Hao Qing ,Han Yu ,Kaihei Shiota
CAST Hanae Kan ,Sahel Rosa ,Yuka Yamauchi
SCREENPLAY Takuro Nakamura
CINEMATOGRAPHY Yasutaka Sekine
ART DIRECTOR Takashi Asada
EDITOR Takuro Nakamura
SOUND Izumi Matsuno ,Tetsuo Segawa
PRODUCTION COMPANY Hao?&Han Films,studio402
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