Directed by Haruhito Naka
USA, 2011, 25 minutes
Japanese with English Subtitles
Japan CineFest: Short Film Program
It's 2011, ten years after the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York were destroyed, with massive loss of innocent life. A long haired Asian youth stands on the edge of a roof-top, then falls forward.
|Tetsuji (Tet Wada), left, and Mariko (Yukiko Yamamoto)|
After her exit from the subway, her journey becomes quite strange, even somewhat hallucinatory. She finds Tetsuji playing a video game with a figure he identifies as God. The odd thing is that the TV is not on, making their game-play somewhat problematic. Oh, and God just happens to be wearing a full head-piece African mask and a serape.
Into the New World is another fine short in this terrific program coming to Asia Society on Friday. Strange and unsettling in ways, it's ultimately an affirmation of the resilience of the life force around us. And, not to diminish the film itself in any way, I must comment that I found the design of the end titles, something that rarely is given any consideration beyond providing credit information, to be absolutely lovely and delightful.
Click here for information about Into the New World and the other films in the Japan CineFest: Short Film Program, a co-presentation of Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc.