Interview with Filmmaker Nobuo Nakagawa (DISSOCIATING VULNERABILITY)

DISSOCIATING VULNERABILITY, 55min., Japan
Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa
The main character “Shinya” lost her mother in a traffic accident. A woman appears in front of Shinya. The woman can only be seen by Shinya. Fairy? Ghost? Shinya must know.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Various factors are intertwined, but what pushed me back was the Higashi-Ikebukuro car runaway accident that occurred in Tokyo, Japan in 2019.

I wonder what it would be like if someone important died in a car accident. It all started with me wondering how I should organize my feelings.

In addition, the independent movie “Utsusemi” that we produced in 2019 was a story in which your true feelings came out of your body.

Using the same technique, I wanted to express people from multiple perspectives.

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2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took about two years. There is no remnant of the idea I wrote two years ago. After several major changes, the scenario writer, Kyoji Kobori, put it together nicely. Acting practice will be held in August 2021, and filming will take place from October to November. After that, editing and music production were performed, and it was successfully completed in May 2022.

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3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

face myself

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4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

In 2021, when we shot it, it was difficult to make a schedule because there was a declaration of emergency due to the new coronavirus in Japan.

Also, I was very afraid that it would rain a lot in October in Japan and that I would not be able to shoot.

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5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Everyone is so kind! I was very happy because there is no one in Japan who tries to understand independent movies to this extent.

That understanding was what I wanted to convey, so I felt glad that I was making an independent movie.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

When I was little, I liked animation. When I was in high school, I joined the painting club.

I wanted to depict people’s lives, so I learned film in college.

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7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström)

These days, I love director Sam Esmail. (MR.ROBOT, Homecoming)

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8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

We want as many people as possible to see our films. I would be very happy if there were elements that connected the festival and allowed me to meet all sorts of people.

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9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

It’s my first time using FilmFreeway, and it’s great to be able to apply to different countries. I had the cooperation of my acquaintance, the film director Yuki Iwasaki.

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10. What is your favorite meal?

A drink with the staff after filming. I was taken away by the new coronavirus.

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11. What is next for you? A new film?

I’m inflating new ideas. I have to save money first. I will do my best at work!

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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