»Into the White Night« is based on Keigo Higashoinos novel with the same name. The story depicts the aftermaths of the murder of a pawnshop owner. Set outside of Osaka—the only place in Japan where a pawnshop could exist in 1980 according to one of the film characters—director Yoshihiro Fukagawa takes his time, slowly portraying the landscape, the many characters and the notion of Japanese history. The result is beautiful and sincere. The narrative’s time span reaches over twenty years, and the references to »Gone With the Wind« indicate that Fukagawa aims to retell history in the form of fiction.

When driving through the fields outside of Osaka, we learn that they were spared from the bombings of World War II. But, was something else spared from complete destruction? Something that never needed repairing?

Into the White Night poster
Title
Into the White Night
Director
Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Country
Japan
Length
149 min
Festival
2011
Section
Asian Images
Language
Japanese
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2010
Original title
Byakuyakô
Cast
Maki Horikita, Kengô Kora, Hiroko Satô, Keiko Toda
Producer
Hiroyuki Ishigaki
Script
Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Shingo Irie, Akari Yamamoto, Keigo Higashino (novel),
Music
Mamiko Hirai

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