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Bagmati River

Natsuki, a young woman working for a publishing company, receives an anonymous postcard with a picture of Mt. Everest printed on the back. It reminds her of her brother Kenji, a well-known mountain climber who went missing 2 years ago attempting to climb Everest, who she hasn’t seen in 10 years. Why did Kenji ever go to the mountain? What kind of person was he? Natsuki realizes she doesn’t know her brother at all, but she believed the postcard to be sent by him, and decides to got to Everest to find the answers to her questions.

Natsuki starts her journey by researching Nepal and discovers the postcard was from Lukla, her first solid clue to finding her brother. Her first flight was into the Kathmandu airport, where she meets a young man who is friendly and speaks a little Japanese. She is hesitant to follow him as he leads her to a bar full of dangerous-looking men and she runs away, determined to find a different guide. Her next flight is on a small prop plane that takes her through wondrous clouds and rugged mountains to Lukla. At her lodge she begins to ask around to see if anyone knew of her brother Kenji. A local says there is a Sherpa who knew her brother, who was currently at the Everest base camp. The man’s name was Man Bahadur Gurung, though she was told he goes by “Mr. Man.” To make her way to the base camp Natsuki heads to the next town, Namche Bazar, where she begins to have symptoms of altitude sickness. Despite feeling ill, she does her best to climb the mountain, before reaching her physical limit and collapsing. In her foggy headspace she hears her brother Kenji’s voice and believes him to be carrying her, which is the last thing she sees before passing out. As she regains consciousness she sees an elderly man watching over her. She realizes she is back at the lodge because he is the one who saved her. She thanks him and asks for his name as he begins to leave, and he says he is Man Bahadur Gurung. Natsuki asks about her brother and Mr. Man, who speaks Japanese fluently, is able to tell her about himself and Kenji’s climbing adventures, but when she shows him the postcard he does not know whether or not it was, in fact, Kenji. She is then relocated to a hospital, with no further leads on her brother.

When she is better, Mr. Man says that there is a place where he wants to take Natsuki. Together they get in his car and he drives them to their destination- Nepal's largest Hindu temple Pashupatinath, located on the riverbank where the Bagmati River, which originates from the Himalayas, joins the Ganges River. Natsuki asks Mr. Man why he brought her here, but Mr. Man gives no answer in reply. Instead, Mr. Man and Natsuki witness the burning dead on the holy Bagmati river. She has the answers to her questions now.

  • Yusaku Matsumoto
    Noise, Made in Japan
  • Koji Fujii
  • Tetsuya Kubo
    Co Producer
  • Yusaku Matsumoto
    Noise, Made in Japan
  • Kentaro Kishi
  • Kentaro Kishi
    Director of Photography
  • Junko Abe
    Key Cast
    Tag 2, Still The Water, THE LIMIT OF SLEEPING BEAUTY
  • Kenji Kohashi
    Key Cast
    Noise, Godzilla FINAL WARS , Swallowtail Butterfly, Azumi
  • Man Bahadur Gurung
    Key Cast
    "Man Bahadur Gurung"
  • Naoya Ito
    Casting Director
  • Yuki Ito
    Sound Designer
  • Kei Iguchi
    Sound Recordist
  • Chandra K. Jha
    Associate Producer
  • Yuki Kosuga
    Assistant Camera
  • Yusaku Matsumoto
    Noise, Made in Japan
  • Kentaro Kishi
  • Tomomi Nakamura
    Costume Designer/ Makeup
  • Tikaram Gurung
    Mountain Coordinator
  • Suresh Pahari
    Spot Boy
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    バグマティ リバー
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  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan, Nepal
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Moon Cinema Project
    Grand Prix
Director Biography - Yusaku Matsumoto

Yusaku Matsumoto
Born in japan in 1992. 26 years old.
He made the movie “Noise” when he was 23 years old. This is his debut film.
This film was screened in several film festivals, including the 41st Montreal World Film Festival (Canada) and the 25th Raindance Film Festival (U.K.).
And this film will be also screened in theaters in the United States in 2019.
He also directed commercial films and music videos.
"Made in Japan" is the second film directed.

41st Montreal World Film Festival (Canada)
25th Raindance Film Festival (U.K.)
19th Japan-Filmfest Hamburg (Germany)
Psycho-cinematography 2017 Japanese movie ranking 1 Asian Film Vault 2017 Asian movie ranking 4
Taste of Cinema 2017 Japanese movie ranking 5

《Made in Japan》
MOOSICLAB2018 Audience award, Jury Special award, Best Actor award

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Director Statement

When people lose someone important in life, how do the overcome the grief? To me, making this film was the answer to overcoming the death of my friend. Bagmati River is a story of the acceptance of death.
Last year I lose one of my closest friends, Nobukazu Kuriki, who was a well-known mountain climber, died during his 8th attempt to climb Mount Everest. My first encounter with Mr. Kuriki was the premiere of Noise, the first feature film I directed. He praised my first feature film, and since then we often met and talked. We decided to make a documentary film of Mr. Kuriki attempting to climb Everest.
For the filming I went to Everest with my DP (Director of Photography) Kentaro Kishi, but on May 21st, 2018, Nobukazu Kuriki died during his descent after deciding to abandon his attempt to continue climbing due to illness. I also came down with altitude sickness and had to be taken to the hospital via an air ambulance.
I’m still not sure if I can accept my friend’s death by making this film, but my heart keeps telling me “I have to make this film to move on!”