EXCLUSIVE: Deadline can unveil a first trailer for the new feature film by Japanese director Masaaki Kudo A distant shore ahead of its world premiere in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 1-9.
The timely contemporary tale taps into themes of gender inequality and female empowerment through an intimate portrait of a young woman struggling to keep her head above water against all odds.
Set against the backdrop of the Japanese island of Okinawa, it follows a 17-year-old high school dropout and young mother, who works as a hostess at the city’s squalid nightclub to keep her family afloat, receiving little support. on his part unemployed and violent. husband.
“There is no one around her to help her. She has a desire to escape and find a place to live peacefully,” Kudo explains in her manager’s statement. “This film is dedicated to my mother and grandmother who raised me at a time of intense violence and discrimination against women.”
A distant shore marks the third feature film from Kudo who previously worked as an assistant director for filmmakers such as Sion Sono and Isao Yukisada. It follows the 2021 film Unprecedented, who also exploited the impact of financial insecurity on young Japanese people, and the winner of the 2018 Netpac award I’m crazy.
It is produced by actor and producer Yuki Kitagawa and sold internationally by Parisian company Alpha Violet.