[BIFF WORLD] His Lost Name
His Lost Name
HIROSE Nanako | Japan | 2018 | 113min | New Currents
OCT05 B1 16:30 OCT08 L5 13:30 OCT12 L5 11:00
Feelings of uselessness and self-pity refuse to disappear for a man on the run from himself in potent Japanese drama, His Lost Name . It’s the dead of night, in the middle of nowhere when we first set sight on a desolate young man (Yuya Yagira) weeping as he brandishes a bouquet of flowers. The next morning, the same man is found unconscious on the lakeshore by middle-aged furniture-maker, Tetsuro (Kaoru Kobayashi). With typical Japanese reserve, neither asks questions as Tetsuro offers a room and a job, or when the enigmatic stranger from Tokyo, provides an obviously false name. Tentatively, the film reveals the similarities that have subconsciously drawn these two men together. But along the way,His Lost Name teasingly offers up possible easy answers (Broken heart? Gambling problems?) and then smartly sidesteps the obvious to provide more complex and psychologically satisfying drivers to the drama. The rst lm for writer/director Hirose Nanako, His Lost Name bears the fingerprints of two of Japan’s best directors who helped developed the project: Miwa Nishikawa (Dear Doctor ) and Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters ). With such a strong debut, you’ll see that the faith that Japan’s top lmmakers have shown in their protégé is justied.