Japan in a Day, Tokyo International Film Festival, review
By Robbie Collin -- Oct 24
Documentary Japan in a Day, shown at Tokyo International Film Festival, weaves a spirit-stirring tapestry out of footage shot on the first anniversary of the Japan tsunami.
Japan in a Day is a documentary shot by more than 8,000 amateur filmmakers, mainly from Japan, on March 11, 2012: the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's east coast, caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and killed at least 15,870 people.
Two directors, one English, one Japanese, sifted through the submitted footage and from it cut together this hour-and-a-half-long national portrait.
This is the third film in the "...In a Day" series masterminded by Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free, after the globe-encircling Life in a Day, directed by Kevin Macdonald, and Britain in a Day, screened as part of the BBC's Cultural Olympiad earlier this summer.
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )