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by Kôji Fukada




Director : Kôji Fukada

Script : Kôji Fukada, based on the novel by Hirata Oriza

Cinematographer : Ashizawa Akiko

Editing : Urabe Naohiro

Sound and Music : Jo Keita, Chinso Son, Yoshikata Junji

Cast : Bryerly Long, Geminoid F, Arai Hirofumi, Noëmi Nakai, Murakami Nijiro, Murata Mariko, Jérôme Kirchner, Irène Jacob

Production :
Phantom Film
Tokyo Garage

Distribution :
15 rue des bigots
92 190 Meudon
Guillaume Morel
06 74 86 38 95
09 80 61 59 06

Year : 2015

DCP, Color, 112 mn, OV japanese, french, englis, german with french ST

Official Selection of the Rotterdam Festival
Official Selection of the Tokyo Festival 



Japan is the victim of terrorist attacks on its nuclear power stations. Irradiated, the country is being gradually evacuated to neighbouring countries. Tania, who is suffering from a long illness and is of South African origin, is waiting for her evacuation order in a small house hidden away in the mountains. She is being watched over by Leona, her first generation android which her father gave her. Together, the two of them become the last witnesses of a Japan which is slowly fading away and is being emptied by order of priority, sometimes according to discriminatory criteria. But slowly, fright gives way to poetry and beauty.

“There are two especially contemporary elements in Sayonara. The first is the problem of nuclear power stations. This is something quite true to reality, which could happen in China as in France. The second concerns the android. The film paints a world where most families own an android. That too is realistic. Last year androids for the family were starting to be commercialised. The plot of the film where a human dies in the company of their robot, can happen in contemporary Japan.” Kôji Fukada



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