As Father, As Son

One summer, film director Susumu Kobayashi (35) reunites with his elderly father Hideo (62), who lives alone in the countryside of Gunma prefecture. The story follows the father and son as they attempt to connect and restore a relationship rusted over.

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    27 minutes 7 seconds
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    8,905 USD
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    China, Japan
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    English, Japanese
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    Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K
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    Yes - Nihon University College of Art
Director Biography - JIAQI ZHAO

I was born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China.

Currently, I am a second-year graduate student in the film department of the Faculty of Arts at a university in Japan.

I enrolled in university in 2014, majoring in film photography. In 2016, I went to Taipei National University of the Arts for an exchange program in the film department. The following year, I visited the Chinese studies department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In July 2016, I directed a documentary film called "The Park," which won first prize in the student category at the 7th Taipei Kuandu International Animation Festival.Additionally, the film was awarded at the Southern Taiwan Film Festival in November.

My goal is to become a film director who can work globally, regardless of whether I'm in China or overseas.

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Director Statement

I am ZHAO, the director of this film. I want to make the following statement about the creative process and philosophy of this film:

Firstly, I would like to say that this film is my attempt as a director, my pursuit and exploration of the art of film. During the filming process, I followed my heart and my love and understanding of film art, striving to express the emotions and thoughts I wanted to convey.

Secondly, the creative philosophy of this film is to present a real and imaginative world. I believe that film can be a powerful artistic expression form, conveying profound thoughts and emotions through elements such as images, music, and colors shown by the camera. I hope that the audience can feel the power of reality and imagination contained in this film, and also have a deeper understanding and knowledge of film as an art form.

Finally, I would like to thank all the personnel who participated in the creation of this film, including actors, crew members, and others. Without your support and cooperation, this film would not have been possible. I would also like to thank the audience and supporters for their support and attention. It is your support that enabled us to better complete the creation of this film.

Thank you all!