Synopsis : In Downtown Tokyo, a young man Sosuke aspires to be a manga artist. His current work is about a battle between a hunter and a Japanese wolf. He canâ€™t draw the extinct wolf well, neither develop the story. One winter's day, Sosuke finds a burnt animalâ€™s skull while digging foundations at a construction site. He is a day laborer to make a living. Is it a Japanese wolfâ€™s skull? Sosuke takes it home without permission. Looking on the Internet, he canâ€™t get a clue if this is a skull of a Japanese wolf. His interest peaks and he sneaks into the construction site at night to find other pieces of bones, which may help him draw the Japanese wolf. Unusual in winter, fireworks display tonight. Without finding any bones, Sosuke leaves the construction site. Disappointed, he bumps into a mysterious woman Midori and unintentionally injures her. Midori is looking for her dog, missing for a week. Feeling sorry for her injury, Sosuke helps to look for the dog together. Wandering around a quiet town, wondering why the fireworks do not start, he gradually discovers the memories of the past war buried underground in Tokyo.
Producer : Takashi Shiotsuki
Screenplay : Masakazu Kaneko, Genki Yoshimura
DOP : Koichi Furuya
Editor : Masakazu Kaneko
Cast : Shô Kasamatsu, Junko Abe, Ken Yasuda
Masakazu KANEKO was born in Tokyo in 1978. He studied at The Film School of Tokyo with Takahisa Zeze, director of "Heaven's Story"(FIPRESCI Prize at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival). After graduation, he directed six short films while working in the fields of TV commercials or films. In 2016 Masakazu's first directed-feature "The Albino's Trees", was screened as an international premiere in the Beijing International Film Festival, China. In 2017 it was also screened in the 4th Figueira Film Art, Portugal and awarded the Best Feature, Best Direction, Best Picture. In the wake of winning a triple award, this film was nominated for screenings in more than 20 international film festivals in 15 countries and achieved 20 awards worldwide, nine of which were Best Feature. His second feature "Ring Wandering(2021)" will be released in Japan in February 2022.