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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



I am a Comedian

HYUGA Fumiari

  • Japan, Korea
  • 2022
  • 108min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

WP

Synopsis

Comedian Muramoto Daisuke, who won first place in Japan's most prestigious comedy contest, disappeared from the show scene at the height of his popularity. That's when he started dealing with “sensitive” issues such as criticism of politics, nuclear power plants, Fukushima, and the comfort women issue. Although he suddenly became a “troublemaker” in the entertainment industry, he does not give up on his ideas. And to change Japan with the power of laughter, he challenges the stand-up stage in the United States.

Review

I am a Comedian is a documentary that follows difficult but moving journey of a comedian in crisis. Muramoto Daisuke ​earned great popularity after winning a comedy competition but he disappears from TV, one day. This was because major broadcasting companies were reluctant to deal with Muramoto’s comedies that touch on sensitive issues such as Fukushima, Zainichi Koreans, and Japanese military sexual slavery. Muramoto continues his challenge at small show stages in the U.S., the hometown of stand-up comedy and yet an opportunity to present at a grand real-time performance in Japan arrives. However, another crisis befalls on Muramoto. Due to the rampant COVID-19, all his shows in Japan and in the U.S. were cancelled. In this despairing moment, the only thing that keeps him going forward is the belief that the power of comedy can change the world. That belief allows Muramoto to grow step by step despite repeating discouragements. A comedian who brings forth even his despair and sadness as fuels for the others’ laughter. A comedian who expresses gratitude to the audience for keeping him alive. Muramoto’s performance brings the most beautiful and desperate hope to the world stained by hatred, separation, and exclusion.

Director

  • HYUGA Fumiari

    He joined the independent television production company Documentary Japan in 2006 and shot several short documentaries, amongst them works on the military draft in Ukraine and Syrian refugees in Japan. His short film Tokyo Kurds(2017) won the Excellence Award in the Tokyo Docs Short Documentary Showcase.

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