Director Juichiro Yamasaki

Production year 2022

Length 97min.

Country Japan/France


A small town in the mountains of western Japan, Maniwa. Chang-su, a former Olympic jockey for the South Korea national team, burdened with huge debts due to his father’s failed business, works at a quarry site. He lives with Minami and her infant daughter, who fled her husband and his family seven years ago. Meanwhile, Yamabuki, a high school girl who lost her mother and lives with her policeman father, begins silent standing protests spontaneously at a crossroad, thinking of issues beyond the ocean. Unbeknown to them, the lives of Chang-su, Yamabuki and other townspeople quietly begin to intersect.


Juichiro Yamasaki
Juichiro Yamasaki



Terutarô Osanaï, Shoko Akamatsu, Atsuto Watanabe, Takeshi Masago, Juichiro Yamasaki


Juichiro Yamasaki

Director of Photography

Kenta Tawara

Production designer

Risshi Nishimura

Music by

Olivier Deparis


Takao Kondo


Sébastien Laudenbach, Yann Dedet, Minori Akimoto


Kang Yoon-soo, Kilala Inori, Yohta Kawase, Misa Wada, Masaki Miura

Production company(ies)

Film Union Maniwa, Survivance

Juichiro Yamasaki

Born 1978. During his studies in anthropology at Kyoto Bunkyo University, Juichiro Yamasaki directed short films and participated in the programming of the Kyoto International Student FF. In 2006, he moved to his father’s home village in the mountains of Maniwa, Okayama. In 2007, while working as a tomato farmer, Juichiro Yamasaki founded the film production and screening group Cinemaniwa with local friends. In 2011, he directed his first feature film, The Sound of Light, a drama about a young dairy farmer in Maniwa, which was invited to the Rotterdam IFF and the Tokyo IFF. His second feature film, Sanchu Uprising: Voice at Dawn (2014), a period film about the peasant revolt that happened in Maniwa during the 18th century, was released in 2014. In 2021, he completed his third feature film, Yamabuki, shot in 16mm and still set in Maniwa.


The Fall Leaves (2008), The Sound of Light (2011), Sanchu Uprising: Voice at Dawn (2014), Yamabuki (2022).

FILMS 2022