Eisuke NAITO 内藤瑛亮
Nippon Visions ½
While fooling around with a self-made crossbow, Kira accidentally kills his classmate Itsuki. For lack of evidence, the young student is found innocent. However, his trial is widely covered by the mass media, and the following uproar from society won’t leave his family untouched. Based on the question “How would I react to my child commiting a crime?”, Eisuke NAITO repeatedly switches angles from youth to parenthood, creating a bleak and compelling drama that blurs the borders between perpetrator and victim.
Eisuke NAITO, born in Aichi Prefecture in 1982, graduated from the Film School of Tokyo and subsequently began directing independent movies while working as a teacher at a special education school. His short film THE PRINCE OF MILK (2008) was invited to Nippon Connection in 2010 and also to many other international film festivals. LET’S-MAKE-THE-TEACHER-HAVE-A-MISCARRIAGE CLUB (2011 / NC ’11), NAITOs feature length debut, sparked controversy, not only due to its title. Recently, with LITCHI HIKARI CLUB (2016) and LIVERLEAF (2018), he also directed manga adaptations.
Film Talk: Eisuke NAITO