SIGNATURE

About

An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing “his hope” in the middle of a noisy crowd in Tokyo, Japan.

Screens with

2017 Program

CLOSING NIGHT PROGRAM--RESTORATION

Saturday, November 4, 2017--7:00 PM

Country

Japan

Genre

Narrative

Year

2017

Runtime

13 min.

Language

Japanese, Chinese

Subtitles

English

Credits

Director

Kei Chikaura

Producer

Kei Chikaura

Writer

Kei Chikaura

Cinematography

Miki Ogawa

Editing

Kei Chikaura

Sound

Masashi Furuya

CAST

Tim Ellrich

Yulai Lu

Laurence Midori Ohta

Artist Bio

Kei Chikaura grew up in Germany and Japan and studied economics and cinema at Osaka University. In 2006 he founded Creatps Inc, a media production company based in Tokyo.  In  2012, started a career directing movies and since has directed music documentaries and live concert films of some of the most prominent musicians in Japan. His second short film, The Lasting Persimmon was selected to the international competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2016.

Signature was nominated for the Short Cuts Award at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and the Golden Pardino “Leopards of Tomorrow” Award at the 2017 Locarno International Film Festival.  t has also been an Official Selection at the International Motivational Film Festival Bridge of Arts (Russia), the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (USA), and the Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden).

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:  This film is about the sadness of youth in the age of international migration.  In Japan, there is a training program for other Asians called Technical Intern Training Program. Originally, its objective was assisting Asian developing countries. However, nowadays the situation has changed a lot. Some companies use it just for hiring a lot of young foreign workers under extremely low wage; not providing them any education. In this background, more than 5,800 trainees a year escape from the companies they belong and eventually become illegal overstayers or workers.  In this film, I wanted to look closely into an innocent young man from China, and find in me some connection with him.