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Wonderful World End

Runtime:
82 min.
Year of Production:
2015
Country:
Japan
Director:
Cast:
Ai Hashimoto
Jun Aonami
Production Company:
Spotted Productions
Berlinale Section:
Generation
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

In her Gothic Lolita guise 17-year-old Shiori attracts a lot of followers for her blogcast. Whenever she can she talks about herself, offers make-up tips and is delighted at the growing number of visitors to her site. After a music video shoot, confident Shiori meets a strange young girl named Ayumi. The girl is a big fan of Shiori’s and tries to copy her style. She also seems to be rather distracted and monosyllabic, as if she had nothing of her own to say, but she has run away from home to be with Shiori. Hesitant, but also flattered, Shiori allows herself to be drawn in by this girl. This story of the odd friendship between these two girls is also a multi-coloured romp through the artificial world of Japanese teenagers. They do crazy things and dream of making it big. Their private thoughts are
shared only in blogs. The film also reflects the disintegration of traditional forms of communication in its aesthetical approach: online chats pop up regularly over the proceedings. It’s as if the smartphone display has been brought to the big screen. Based on two music videos by Seiko Oomori – Shiori’s favourite female musician in the film – the drama ends like a comic book dream.

BIOGRAFIE Daigo Matsui

Born in Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyūshū Prefecture, Japan in 1985, he studied in Tokyo. In 2008, he founded his own theatre group, Gojigen, where he has been working as both actor and director. His stage productions include ‘Torasuto Ikane’ (2011) and ‘Ririomu’ (2012). He has directed several videos for rock group CreepHyp as well as award-winning short films. He made his debut feature with AFRO TANAKA in 2012.

FILMOGRAFIE Daigo Matsui (selection)

2015 Wonderful World End  2013 How Selfish I Am! - Sweet Poolside  2012 Afro Tanaka 

Daigo Matsui @ IMDb
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