Under the Rainbow

(Niji No Shita Ni)
J.R.Heffelfinger
Japan/USA, 2006, 75 minutes
www.kanashibari.org
World Premiere

Roxie Cinema 2/10, 430p Buy
Women's Building 2/12, 430p Buy


Under The Rainbow is hypnotic and surreal and offers an outsider's insider glimpse into modern Japanese life. The director? J.R. Heffelfinger – an American from Brooklyn. He moved to Japan, lived there for a little over two years, and he completely nailed it with his first movie.

Yasuda, a feeble and aging salaryman in Tokyo, works haplessly at his job. He and his younger co-workers are continually harangued at "Rainbow Travel – We Sell Dreams." Unable to sell the dream at the office Yasuda sells dreams to himself and lives in a surreal world of fantasy and escape – the world of pop music, pachinko parlors and tragic teenage despair that is a succinct portrait of life in 21st-century Japan. Through the dreams of this old man we take a ride into the subconscious of modern Japanese society.

These passing dreams are mental snap shots of the hopelessness of an aging businessman, his office life and the daily commute on the train. There is a sense of futility and a sense of deliverance. Under The Rainbow is a strange and beautiful dream by a talented filmmaker with a bright future ahead.
– Mike Skurko

 

Preceded by:

It's Cool to be Bad (Mola ser Malo)

Alam Raja
Spain, 2004, 13 minutes
www.molasermalo.com


A film about chickens and love.

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