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Pessim

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A short film depicting city cultures that grow in suburbs of Japan, seen through the eyes of a lonely man struggled with his past.

From beginning to end, an exasperating experience taking us right between Japanese tradition and western culture. With a collection of styles and techniques, Pessim is a short film inspired by the music album Pessim from Japanese beat artist Ramza. The story is about a young guy born and raised in the suburbs of Japan, seen through the eyes of a lonely man who’s struggled with his past. This is his last flash back with adventure, looking for the suspect who killed him.

It’s a dead-end, between Japanese tradition and western culture.

It’s filled with confused life experiences between western street culture and japanese tradition, where the director Takcom was aiming to create a visual sequence beyond words. The visually packed film was shot with an Alexa-Mini where the director of photography used old lenses typically used for projectors – to give a rather unique and dreamy style. In post production, some visual ghostly smoke effects were added for the fox figure (who represents death), foxes are also a common subject of Japanese tradition.

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