Doichi in his 40s is a boatman who is transporting villagers to towns beyond the river. While working all day ferrying the villagers, Doichi only talks to Kenzo, a young neighbor. A bridge is being built on the upper reaches of the river, and villagers are excited about a new life that will make a big difference after the bridge is completed, but Doichi is confused by the idea that his livelihood will disappear. One day, he bumps into a girl whose whole family was murdered and survived alone, and helps her stay in his place. Meeting this girl completely changes Doichi’s life.
"There are many things that are disappearing behind the development of civilization. The more comfortable the world is, the less tradition and beautiful culture we need. Nature is destroyed and we lose something precious. I wanted to portray the precious things and true happiness of life through the character of the ferryman" Director ODAGIRI Joe said. Screening at the 2019 Venice Film Festival Critic’s Week. (Jay JEON)
Born in 1976 in Okayama, Japan, Joe ODAGIRI started his career as an actor in 2000. Since then he has been acting in various films including the films by world-renowned filmmakers. In 2009, he directed a 65min. The middle-length film Looking for the Cherry Blossoms, which was selected in Rotterdam Film Festival. They Say Nothing Stays the Same is his first feature as the director.