Takafumi TSUCHIYA 土屋貴史
Nippon Visions ½
Childhood was complicated for Yoshida and he faces Japanese society as an outsider after his return from London alongside his parents. He feels displaced and frustrated, but soon finds new strength through hip-hop. Under the name of SEEDA, he starts to rap and deals drugs to produce his music while surviving in Tokyo. When he realizes that his new life as a rapper can’t simply undo the connections to his family, it’s too late. SEEDA is one of the most relevant contemporary rappers of the Japanese scene, and Takafumi TSUCHIYA not simply adapts his life story, but provides a stylistically confident and touching commentary on the current hip-hop euphoria in Japan. The film is based on the lyrics of the new SEEDA album, which accompanies the film as a fulminant score.
Hana to ame
Takafumi TSUCHIYA was born in 1979 and studied film at Nippon University College of Art. He has been shooting commercials and music videos for over ten years, amongst others for Björk. In collaboration with various artists, he has worked in the field of video art and received numerous international awards. FLOWERS AND RAIN 2019 / NC ’20) is his feature film debut.