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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



The Meaning of Life

Chikako SHIMAMORI

  • Japan
  • 2012
  • 41min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

The Meaning of Life is the graduation film of Chikako Shimamori who is a film student at Kyoto University of Art and Design where I am teaching. Compared to more experienced documentary filmmakers’ works, this film has its cinematic shortcomings, yet with hopes that as many Korean audience will have the chance to see it, I recommended it to DMZ Docs. This is a film about the March 11th Great Eastern Japan Earthquake that hit in 2011. This tragic nature’s disaster which raised serious concern from all parts of the world including Korea swallowed the filmmaker’s hometown of Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture. Fortunately, her house and her family survived, but her father’s processed marine product family business was severely affected. Accordingly her 63-year-old father had to make desperate attempts to save the company which this piece tells through the eyes of the filmmaker. The aftermath of the earthquake gave birth to a number of disaster documentaries that regrettably fail to go beyond simple news reports. Most of these works presented the horrific scenes left behind by the tsunami or interviews of victims of the disaster, but few attempted to go into the minds and hearts of those deeply affected by such nature’s attack. These films may have been technically impressive but lacking in depth. The filmmaker’s camera follows her father in The Meaning of Life and captures the images of him with his employees. And as it does, the film examines the secondary damage of ‘business crisis’ caused by natural disaster, but also presents a warm self-reflection on the meaning of ‘family.’ (TERAWAKI Ken)

Review

Director

  • Chikako SHIMAMORI

    Born in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. The Meaning of Life is her debut film. She graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design on March, 2012. Now, she put her energy to introduce The Meaning of Life in Japan.  The Meaning of Life (2012)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerChikako SHIMAMORI

Distributor / Sales

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