by Tadasuke Kotani
Country: Japan
Year: 2008
Duration: 52'

Taisho-ku is a city in the district of Osaka. Thirty per cent of its
population comes from Okinawa. The director films his alcoholic
father, following him through the city, trying to balance this difficult
relationship with having to be the father of a child who isn’t his.
But he hates the place he lives in too much and decides to move
to Okinawa, where he meets a few prostitutes with whom he talks
and films the scars on their bodies.

“In Okinawa, I met the prostitutes in the red light district Koza; these
people touched my heartstrings. As I looked at the scars on their bodies
I was actually looking at the scars in my heart, in search of memories
from my lost childhood and hoping to find a path into the future.
So, I was able to accept myself and my father as the way we were.
I felt as though I had found a lost child (myself ) at the same time
as I was accepting my girlfriend’s son.”


film director

Tadasuke Kotani

Tadasuke Kotani (Osaka, Japan, 1977) graduated from the Visual Arts College of Osaka, where he then continued to teach directing. In 2002, he was a finalist at the Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival with Lullaby and in 2006 his film Good Girl was presented at the 28th Pia Film Festival. His medium-length film Line, besides competing at the 2009 Torino Film Festival for the Cult Award - True Stories in Cinema, was also presented at numerous international festivals, including the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.


Lullaby (cm, 2002), Good Girl (cm, 2006), Line (mm, doc., 2008), The Cat that Lived a Million Times (doc., 2012).


& Credits

regia, soggetto,
fotografia, suono/
director, story,
cinematography, sound
Tadasuke Kotani
montaggio/film editing
Tadasuke Kotani,
Kuniaki Miki
Yasunori Kotani,
Tadasuke Kotani,
Syouta Sasaki,
Mie Sasaki,
Syouzou Moritani