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It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Oct 252021
 
AN AGED JAPANESE FERRYMAN’S LIVELIHOOD IS THREATENED BY PROGRESS IN A STUNNINGLY PICTURESQUE, TRANSCENDENT DRAMA

ICONIC JAPANESE ACTOR/MUSICIAN JOE ODAGIRI
MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IN COLLABORATION WITH CANNES AWARD-WINNING CINEMATOGRAPHER CHRISTOPHER DOYLE AND OSCAR-WINNING
COSTUME DESIGNER EMI WADA

PREMIERING IN SELECT THEATERS & VIA
VIRTUAL CINEMA, VOD & DIGITAL
ON NOVEMBER 12, 2021

“It’s a dreamy, unexpectedly rigorous debut that…
ends with an emotional bang”
— Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Stunning visuals and a stellar cast.”
— James Hadfield, The Japan Times

“A Meiji-set lament for changing times, Odagiri’s first feature … is a visual tour de force shot by Christopher Doyle … whose ethereal images of the majestic Japanese landscape with its misty vistas and rolling river perfectly compliment Odagiri’s poetic contemplation of transience and goodness.”
— Hayley Scanlon, Windows on Worlds

SYNOPSIS

In the debut directorial feature by actor Joe Odagiri, THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME follows an old ferryman in a remote Meiji-era community. His life is a peaceful, cyclical existence, given meaning by the essential role he plays in transporting people, livestock and goods across the water, connecting villages and lives. When news arrives that a bridge is being built, it’s clear that his services will no longer be needed. Meanwhile, his life will be equally transformed by the appearance of a mysterious young woman whom he saves from drowning. Shot by star cinematographer Christopher Doyle and featuring an array of cameos from Japan’s top stars, THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME is a refreshingly old-fashioned work of classical cinema, its formal qualities mirroring its thematic concern with those fondly-remembered traditions sacrificed in the name of progress.

THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME (2019)
Written and Directed by: Joe Odagiri
Cast: Akira Emoto, Ririka Kawashima, Nijiro Murakami, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Jun Marakami, Yu Aoi, Tadanobu Asano, Takashi Sasano, Mitsuko Kusabue, Haruomi Hosono, Masatoshi Nagase, Isao Hashizume
Produced by: Shozo Ichiyama, Takuro Nagai, Yusaku Nakajima
Executive Produced by: Naoya Kinoshita
Director of Photography: Christopher Doyle
Genre: World Cinema/Drama
RT: 137 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39: 1
Sound: 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Stereo
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

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