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Koji is bewildered by a sudden phone call from his brother telling him that he has located their father. You see, it has been thirteen years since their dad stepped out of the house never to return. Moreover, Koji is stunned to hear that their father has cancer and been given three months to live.
When the inevitable day of their father’s funeral arrives, Koji and his brother must confront both the thirteen-year blank created by his absence as well as a collection of odd acquaintances who have come to pay their last respects.

  • Takumi Saitoh
    Godzilla Resurgence, 13 Assasins, RE: BORN (All as an actor)
  • Mitsutoshi Saijo
  • Daisuke Sakuma
  • Yuiko Kobayashi
  • Issey Takahashi
    Key Cast
    Godzilla Resurgence, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2: The Love Story
  • Lilly Franky
    Key Cast
    Cold Fish, Like Father, Like Son, The Devil's Path, Crow's Blood
  • Misuzu Kanno
    Key Cast
    The Emperor in August, Kakekomi
  • Sairi Ito
    Key Cast
    Love and other cults, Transit Girls
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Family
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 USD
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  • Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
    Yubari City, Hokkaido
    March 3, 2017
    World Premiere
    Fantaland Award ( The Best Audience Award)
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
    Shanghai City
    June 23, 2017
    International Premiere
  • Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
    Bucheon City
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    Korean Premiere
Distribution Information
    Country: Japan
    Rights: Video on Demand, Theatrical
Director Biography - Takumi Saitoh

Born in Tokyo, Takumi Saitoh is a Japanese actor and director. Fueled by a love of cinema, Saitoh grew up watching movies, eventually amassing an extensive knowledge of both domestic and international films. Today, Saitoh is one of the most popular and sought after actors in Japan, well regarded for both his ability and his striking good looks. Saitoh’s long resume as an actor includes such popular work as: Shin Godzilla, The Kodai Family, Torakage, and 13 Assassins.
Saitoh directed his first short film Sakurairo in 2012.
blank 13 is his first feature length film.

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Director Statement

I entered the field of filmmaking with the ambition of being a maker of cinema.
Although it is not expected that actors in Japan be involved in the creative
process, with an increase of media options and technological innovation, I have
always felt it natural that the opportunity for me to direct would present itself.
Oddly, just when I was thinking this, the 4K project of blank 13 fell into my lap.
Considering its timing, I believe I was meant to helm blank 13 and oversee its
With blank 13 I didn’t want to make something that was uncertain and safe; I
wanted it to be something inevitable and challenging. When facing the story, I
thought genre labeling wasn’t necessary. I figured it would be okay for the film
to be unclear as to what kind of movie it was. Basically, I hoped it would hold a
certain level of on-screen chemistry, as I consider everyone in the cast to be of
genius level caliber.
After completing blank 13, my first a full-length film, I very much wished to
see it play at foreign film festivals. blank 13 features a situation grounded in
Japanese culture that has been brought to life by many gifted actors, all of
whom deserve exposure overseas.