Private Project


In the spring of 1945, just before the end of the war, in a village. Three women have married into the Shimada family.
The three sisters-in-law, who are not related by blood, continue to protect the house while the men are away during the war.
The eldest daughter-in-law, Chie, who is supposed to be the matriarch of the family, is worried sick.
Emi, the third sister-in-law, spends her days caring for her sister-in-law.
The second son's wife, Yoko, suspects that Chie is pretending to be crazy.
Soon, the demon appears in front of the women again.
The world is flipped upside down and the act is seen through.

  • Ryuichi Onodera
  • Ryuichi Onodera
  • Ryuichi Onodera
  • Naoko Fujii
    Key Cast
  • Sachiko Kawahara
    Key Cast
  • Akiho Hirota
    Key Cast
  • Kei Nakano
    Key Cast
  • Wakanari Oda
    Key Cast
  • Toru Kaneko
    Key Cast
  • Ryuichi Onodera
    Key Cast
  • Toshiaki Toyoda
    Title designer
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    history, drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 16 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000,000 JPY
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  • Language:
    English, Japanese
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  • Student Project:
  • BonDance International Film Festival
    Ureshino City, Saga
    September 23, 2022
    Official Selectio
  • Rising sun international film festival
    November 6, 2022
    Best Cinematography
  • Japanese - Serbian film festival
    November 15, 2022
    international premiere
    core future official selection
  • Japanese - Serbian film festival
    Toshima city,Tokyo
    January 15, 2023
    Tokyo premiere
    core future official selection
  • Cinemaking International Film Festival
    January 25, 2023
    Award Winner
Director Biography - Ryuichi Onodera

Born on March 31, 1973
Studied theater from the age of 18.
He wrote and directed the short film "Okuribi", his first feature film "ENJA(Theatrics)".
He has written and directed six stage productions, including "All That Comes Out of My Mouth is Demarcation".
For the film "Seven Girls," she was the chairperson of the Seven Girls Film Executive Committee, and was involved in planning, assistant producer, production, location management, art production, second and third assistant director, editing, publicity, website production, design, trailer production, and SNS management.

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Director Statement

I believe that if we don't believe in something, we become so anxious that we don't know where we stand. Whether it is family, work, ideology, religion, or dreams, it depends on the person. Belief, however, is also fraught with danger.
 What to believe in, what to believe in, what is true, what is false, what is good, what is evil, what is hypocritical? The moment we are betrayed by what we believe, we are in danger of hating our own standards of judgment and denying ourselves. It makes me want to doubt everything.
 I think that the fact that I have lost my sense of reality now is connected to the fact that I doubt everything. I am sure that is what it means to change the world.

 I feel that the world has been transformed by the worldwide epidemic, as if the world before and the world after are not continuous. On the streets, everyone wears masks, disinfectants are placed in every facility, social networking sites are full of false rumors, and the demand to open the distance between people is also upsetting the distance between people's hearts. The declaration of a state of emergency has become a stagnant memory, and we all live in a corner of our minds wondering how long we will be like this, oblivious to the damage that has been done to our hearts.
 Not only individuals, but also international exchanges have been drastically reduced, major powers are blaming each other, ideological conflicts are resurfacing, and international organizations are losing credibility. Every day I feel that something is beginning to smolder, with sparks of riots and conflicts occurring all over the world.
 We are now surrounded by stories that were created before the Corona disaster, or new forms of remote filming and distribution, and we are uncomfortably aware that reality is surpassing fiction.

 In these times, I believe that there is something that I can express with this work, "ENJA(THEATRICS)".