Tokyo at the beginning of the 21st century. Five young people, each of them struggling to find the meaning of their existence. Mao feels very insecure these days. She works as an editor in a publishing house that specializes in books on cinema, but every day she feels she doesn’t have enough knowledge and experience for her job. And wherever she goes, she finds the same young man who immediately starts following her. Yushin, a university student, joins the publishing house as a part-time worker. He studies film and is very happy working here, feeling he has joined the "film industry" (or the adult world). Kurumi works as a "Queen" in a sado-masochistic club; a profession she took because she felt she enjoyed beating men. Every weekend, she goes to a park to meet Masato, with whom she seems to find relaxation rather than attraction. Masato is a graduate student. But though Kurumi innocently considers him a future university professor, that doesn’t seem to be exactly what Masato thinks of himself. Atsushi always carries a Polaroid camera and takes photos everywhere he goes; not of the places he visits, but of his own face… "This film was created as a 'collective improvisation' with non-actors. Most scenes were carefully composed as continuous, uninterrupted sequence shots. The desire was to capture the atmosphere as a whole; as slices, or fragments, of our contemporary urbanized reality, and to observe how we cope (or very often cannot) with it." Fujiwara Toshi
Production + World Sales: Compass Films
Cinematographer, editing: Fujiwara Toshi
Original Score, Sound Composition: Simon Stockhausen
Art direction: Ito Katsunori, Oshima Kanji
Cast: Torii Mao, Shimoda Atsushi, Takasawa Kurumi, Katori Yushin, Yamada Tetsuya
Format, screen ratio: 35mm (shot on DV-PAL), Color, 1:1.85
Running time: 111 minutes, 25 frames/sec.