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PROJECT Youth and Other Stories (HD / color / 120min / Japan, France) NO 27
PROJECT STATUSCasting, Financing
Fukada Koji: Graduate of the Film School of Tokyo. A member of Seinendan Theater Company. Directed: La Grenadiere (2006), Human Comedy in Tokyo (2008), Hospitalité (2010), Au revoir l’été (2013), Sayonara (2015). Participated in the Tokyo International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, amongst others. Harmonium (2016) was awarded the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival.

Take Masaharu: Graduate of Meiji University. Became a freelance assistant director, then worked as a chief assistant director on films by Kudo Eiichi, Ishii Takashi, Sai Yoichi, Nakahara Shun, Morisaki Azuma, and Izutsu Kazuyuki. Directed: Boy Meets Pusan (2007), Café Daikanyama (2009), Eden (2012), Mongolian Baseball (2013), Unsung Hero (2014). 100 Yen Love (2014) was awarded Best Actress and Best Screenplay in the Japan Academy Prize; and achieved large success in the box office.

Matsunaga Daishi: Worked as an actor in several Japanese film productions after university. Since 2000, he has worked primarily as a director of commercials, music videos and documentaries. Matsunaga followed his good friend, artist and gender bender Pyuupiru from 2001 to 2008 for his documentary Pyuupiru (2009). Pieta in the Toilet (2015) was nominated for the Grand Prix at the Jeonju International Film Festival, and won the Best New Actor Award in the Japan Academy Prize, and screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Tokyo International Film Festival.

Uchida Eiji: Worked as an assistant director for Kitano ‘Beat’ Takeshi, who had a deep influence on his work. In 2000, he started a career as a TV drama scriptwriter for Driving School Story (TBS). Directed: Gachapon (2004), the Fuji TV drama, Gekidan Engi Mono (2005), Dead Banging (2013), Grateful Dead (2013), Lowlife Love (2015). Has participated in Texas Fantastic Fest, Raindance Film Festival, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, and Tokyo International Film Festival, amongst others.
Bryerly Long is American producer and actress based in Tokyo. Graduated from the Lycee Francais London (2005), and with a First in Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford (2010). Joined Seinendan Theatre Company in 2010, and has performed on national and international tours, in North America, Europe, East Asia and Australia. Made her film debut in Fukada Koji’s Hospitalite (2010); and starred opposite an android robot in Fukada’s Sayonara (2015). She has worked with acclaimed Japanese film directors Yamauchi Kenji, Inudo Isshin, Motohiro Katsuyuki, Uchida Eiji, and Fukada Koji, and theatre directors Hirata Oriza, Maeda Shiro, Kawahara Masahiko, and Tamada Shinya, amongst others. Fluent in French, German, English and Japanese. She produced Collaborations, a co-production of the Oxford University Ruskin School of Fine Art, the London Contemporary Dance School and the Royal College of Music, which was presented at the Oxford Playhouse in 2009; Kawa to Deai, an original theatre/dance/music/film production presented at Atelier Shunpunsha in Tokyo in 2011; and the feature film Sayonara (2015) by Fukada.

Tokyo Garage was established by Fukada Koji in 2014 for the production of Sayonara and other independent films.
Grandfather/Grandmother directed by Take describes the arrival of an elderly Japanese couple in a small French village in 1904. They are welcomed into the home of a French family, which the grandfather knew from 1867 when he was stationed there. They go to visit the town graveyard. It is revealed that the Japanese man had inadvertently killed one of his colleagues with his sword in 1867, and he has returned to visit the grave.

Hanako by Fukada describes the first meeting of Auguste Rodin with his Japanese model, Hanako, in 1906. This is watched by the Japanese interpreter, Kubota, and Rodin’s girlfriend, Gwen John. Rodin describes the uniqueness of the beauty of Hanako, a Japanese dancer who was active in Europe at the time.

Boat on the River Takase by Matsunaga describes Kisuke, a Japanese man, being taken down river by boat by Joseph, a French boatman in the French countryside shortly after the Second World War. Kisuke will be sent to jail for inadvertently assisting the suicide of his brother and thereby killing him. Joseph reflects on his own involuntary involvement in the war.

Youth by Uchida tells the story of a Japanese youth, Junichi, visiting the French countryside in 2016. Junichi wants to experience love for the first time in order to write a novel about romance. He falls in love with an older French widow, but this love is unrequited. Meanwhile, a young teenage girl from an immigrant family falls in love with him, creating a triangle of unanswered romantic desires.
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