A Road あるみち (2015)

I have been reviewing films for V-Cinema but when it came to Japan Cuts I had a car-crash moment when my computer suffered a breakdown during a teaching course. Problem solved but two months late, here’s the review… and I’m publishing it from Japan…

A Road

あるみち「Aru michi」 

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Daichi Sugimoto

Writer: Daichi Sugimoto (Screenplay)

Starring:  Daichi Sugimoto, Yuta Katsukura, Rika Sugimoto,

Website IMDB

Aru Michi Film Image Daichi Sugimoto

A Road is the debut feature-length film directed, produced by and starring Daichi Sugimoto. He is a young tyro still at university but already making a name for himself based on this film which has toured major international film festivals such as Berlin and Japan Cuts and it has won major awards such as the 2015 PIA Film Festival’s Grand Prize. Taking inspiration from his own life Sugimoto has made what is essentially a mixture of documentary and drama, asking the questions of at what point on the road to adulthood do we stop trembling with excitement at the prospect of the mundane things and greet the world with a sigh of indifference and is this change in feelings inevitable?

These are some of the themes gently probed by Sugimoto who opens proceedings rather strikingly with a home movie shot by and featuring a younger version of himself. We see Sugimoto as a young boy enthusiastically telling us about his hunt for lizards in his garden. His face crowds the screen as he meticulously recounts observations he has made while speaking in a breathless semi-serious scientific way. It is hard not to be charmed by this youthful exuberance and the mismatch of the age of the person and spoken register. This makes the leap from boyhood to manhood striking as we encounter Daichi again in the present.

Here’s a link to the review of film and here’s the trailer:

2 thoughts on “A Road あるみち (2015)

    1. I haven’t watched TRON in over a decade so I can’t remember much except Bruce Boxleitner is in it…

      I read over the intro to this post just before publishing and thought it was melodramatic but the moment when my computer went on the blink happened during an intense teaching course and a lot of reviews that were half-finished. Thankfully I was backing up my teaching material on a USB stick, the reviews… I had to reconstruct them.

      Since coming to Japan I’ve not had time to watch films outside two in a cinema and one at a food festival.

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