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13th
World Cinema
Off Highway 20
Director_ Tomita Katsuya
Japan 2007 77min DV color feature
Review

Grabbing attention for his 8mm debut film Above the Cloud, Tomita Katsuya made his second film in 16mm. As Miyabe Miyuki revealed the multiple-debtor problem from credit cards or credit loans in her 1992 novel Kasha, this film portrays young people who turn to loans to pay for pachinko. During the time this film was made, pachinko spread to more than 17,000 arcades across Japan. The opening scene in which the film title is written with clanking white spray paint before being covered with black paint reminds us of rebellious graffiti, but our hero Hisashi is only a delinquent young man who habitually inhales thinner of lacquers. While wasting his life playing pachinko, he is deluded by the yakuza that he can make easy money. Saying “Where are these many cars heading to?” he jaywalks the national highway, seeing no future at all. We cannot expect any responsibility from a man who indifferently dumps the body of Junko, his girlfriend died of drug overuse. His first line “I want to go back home.” is only a meani gless complain after losing all of his money for pachinko, and implies in the last scene of him leaving on motorbike that he has no place to go back. He consoles himself saying “If I come back, call my name,” but this is less a challenge against the reality than selfhypnosis. Against the backdrop of powerful rock music, his hopeless running is so melancholy and desperate.

CREDIT
  • DirectorTomita Katsuya
  • ScreenplayTomita Katsuya, Aizawa Toranosuke
  • ProducerKu-a tribe of filmmakers
  • CinematographyTakano Yoshiko
  • Art DirectorKawaguchi Akiko
  • SoundIshihara Hiroo
CastIto Hitoshi, Rimi, Takano Tsuyoshi, Murata Shinji, Nishimura Masahide, Tewari Shalini, Tanaka Tetsuya, Nishimoto Kazusa, Kimura Ayaka, Hirasawa Eriko, Furuya Akemi, Kimura Choei, Shichiri Kei, Imamura Sohcho, Yanagida Yuuki
DIRECTOR
Tomita Katsuya
He was born in Kofu, Japan, in 1972. After graduation from high school he moved to Tokyo where he made his first 8mm film, Above the Cloud (2003). The feature won him a scholarship for the Tokyo Film School where he made his second film Off Highway 20 (2007).
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