A MODERN VERSION OF “TOKYO STORY” (FILM BY YASUJIRO OZU) FROM ONOMICHI TOWN
“Super Local Hero” opens at K’s Cinema in Shinjuku, Tokyo on March 21st, and will be shown daily at 11am.
Screenings from March 28th to April 3rd will feature English subtitles.
Reikoudou is a quaint CD shop housed in an old style Japanese building, just behind Onomichi railway station in Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan. It’s a shop owned by Katsuhiko Nobue. The sunlit shop is filled with organic vegetables, fermented juice, magazines selected by the boss and many more. You find CDs squeezed cozily among them, many by indie label artists.
But perhaps only the lucky ones find their way to this curious Reikoudo, just like something you’d expect to see in a Kenji Miyazawa fairy tale. The boss is always off somewhere on his small motorbike leaving the shop to the killifish, the plants and the napping cat. Perhaps he’s gone to prepare an event or a concert, or perhaps to help someone in need, or maybe working on one of his numerous odd jobs so that he can keep the shop going.
This film is a full-length documentary tracing the daily life of Nobue. His T-shirt is worn out, his sneakers have holes, and his bike piled up high front and back. Why do so many people endear him as their local hero? And why does he captivate the hearts of so many children? The secret is revealed by musicians close to him, fellow citizens of Onomichi and the new people who arrived here after the earthquake and the nuclear accident that occurred on March 11, 2011. This film showing Nobue devoting his entire energy to fulfill each moment makes us reconsider the true meaning of pursuing happiness.
and KATSUHIKO NOBUE
Katuhiko Nobue, the boss of Reikoudo is always on the move. Delivering newspapers before dawn, and once the sun’s up moving about to do good for the people and society. He’s even too busy to open his shop, so friends offer to mind the shop for him.
His love for all forms of life, nature and music inspires many people. An episode realized by indie label musicians proved all this.
In January of 2009, Nobue had to have one of his toes amputated following and accident that occurred in a waste treatment facility. Nobue who until then, looked straight ahead (or perhaps he had no other choice) became totally discouraged and considered shutting down the shop. But then many musicians got together to cheer him up and organized a concert in Aoyma, Tokyo. All the profits were donated to Nobue.
It was a way for the musicians to show their gratitude to Nobue, who until then had organized so many concerts for them, even paying out of his own pocket when there wasn’t enough profit, as well as setting entrance fees so that families could afford to come with their children.
Nobue’s life changed again after March 11 2011. He started helping those who moved to Onomichi from areas nearer to Fukushima, organized study sessions, visited newspapers, assisted newcomers to settle down, and planned holidays for children during the school vacation.
When asked how he was going to manage financially, he replies, “I will raise funds.” And to the further question of if there isn’t enough funds, he answers promptly “I will pay from my pocket, or borrow from someone”. He also argues “I’ll think about money later. If we worry too much about money, we won’t be able to save any children”. Through the interviews of musicians and friends in Onomichi, we gradually get to capture the image of this super local hero!
・30th Warsaw Film Festival
・CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2014
FILM ‘REIKODO’ PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP presents
Director & Producer TOSHINORI TANAKA
Music TAKUJI AOYAGI
Art direction LISA YAMASHITA
Still NONOKO KAMEYAMA
Translation HIDE OKAZAKI
FHD | Documentary | 91min | Japan | 2014
BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR
Toshinori Tanaka is a filmmaker and a director. He was born in 1981 in Hiroshima, Japan. He studied and worked in London 2008 to 2011. After coming back to Japan, he lives and works in Onomichi.
Toshinori is one of the emerging film making talents from Japan. His specialism is cutting segments from reality world and transferring them to frame. His work is acclaimed as natural, neutral, original and capturing dynamics in stillness.
Film ‘Reikodo’ production partnership