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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Under the Moonlight

OTA Naoko

  • Japan
  • 2010
  • 115min
  • DV
  • color

Synopsis

Urawa Commercial High School is a special school for teenagers who have stopped pursuing an education. This film follows the four-year journey of one particular class from their entrance ceremony in 2004 to graduation in 2006. At first, the camera gazes at the students from a third person’s point-of-view. From Sachiko who has no intention of attending class to the overly lively Naomi, Mari who constantly misses class to their class teacher, Hirano, who chooses to smile instead of intervening, there is something definitely wrong with everyone to those who are looking at them from the outside. However, the camera captures the subtle expressions and movements of the students as it slowly slides into their world. Like a friend right by their side, the camera becomes a part of the students’ lives, gazing at them now with warm compassion. And perhaps this is why at one point, you will find yourself standing right next to Sachiko who had been scarred by her unfortunate family background, the timid Naomi who had been diguising her fear of being forced out of the closet with cheerfulness, and Mari who was a victim of household violence. In the end, you will understand how Urawa gave each student a reason to live. (LEE Seung-min)

Review

Director

  • OTA Naoko

    After graduation, Ota Naoko taught part-time at a private high school for two years, then started to do freelance writing and editorial work for books and magazines. During that period she came to start working on media productions, from which she graduated to being a freelance video director. Under the Moonlight (2010)

Credit

  • ProducerTANO Minoru
  • Screenwriter OTA Naoko
  • Cinematography OTA Naoko
  • Editor OTA Naoko
  • Music AIDA Takao
  • Sound TAKAGI Hajime

Production Company / Distributor / World Sales

Production Company  Group Gendai 

Distribution / World Sales  Group Gendai

Address  4F, 1-11-13 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

Tel  81 03 3341 2863

E-mail  yus@g-gendai.co.jp​