おーい！どんちゃん Hey! Our dear Don-chan
- Ueda Eigeki: NAGAOKA Shumpei
Is this a movie or a home video?
Director OKITA Shuichi, renowned for films like “The Woodman and the Rain” and “A Story of Yonosuke”, presents an independent film where he and his fellow actors playfully record his daughter’s life from six months after birth to the age of three and a half. It offers an unprecedented sense of excitement and a hint of bewilderment.
The setting is a share house in Tokyo, where struggling actors reside. The presence of the baby “Don-chan,” and the adults’ growth recorded over three years, create the illusion that this is indeed a movie (in a delightful way).
Surrounded by delightful adults, Don-chan grows up on the screen, and in parallel, the adults experience changes in their emotions and environments. The film elevates Okita’s style of celebrating humanity through documentary techniques, making it a captivating piece of entertainment.This truly independent film showcases the essence of filmmaking and the unexplored possibilities, leaving everyone delighted by its charm.
- OKITA Shuichi
When my child was born, I purchased an 80,000-yen handheld camera at an electronics store. However,now iPhones can also take photos, I ended up not using it. One day, through a workshop, I began to play around with some actor friends I met, using that unused camera to capture something with my child. At that time, I never intended for it to become such a long film, nor did I ever plan to screen it in theaters, let alone distribute it to the world! I never could have imagined that. Originally, we were showing it as a special event in Japanese theaters, but thanks to the opportunity provided by JFF+ INDEPENDENT CINEMA 2023, I’m really looking forward to how people outside of Japan will experience this film. I hope the special moments of Don-chan and the adults around her, will reach people all over the world. Additionally, I would be thrilled if this film could be screened in cinemas worldwide in the future.