THE HOPE TREE / Otsuchi Art Collaborative Project By Japan & Taiwan

希望の樹-大槌アート 日台共同プロジェクト

Aoike Yuta


南面13日4時Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture was swept away by the huge tsunami in an instant. Wishing to bring color back to the grey town, the people of Otsuchi-cho decided to collaborate with the Taiwanese artists group "Formosa Wall Painting Group" to create a wall painting work, coordinated by Kobe's Hisaichi Shimin Koryukai. "The Hope Tree / Otsuchi Art Collaborative Project by Japan & Taiwan" captures their one-week project. Hisaichi Shimin Koryukai, members of which experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake, assisted in the recovery from the big earthquake in Taiwan in 1999 and have kept in touch with the victims, which led to this art relief project. The painting of a big tree and rainbow lit up the devastated town. Art students from a local high school worked hard to overcome the language barrier in order to communicate with the Taiwanese artists.
(Translation by Osaka Asian Film Festival 2013)
Title in English THE HOPE TREE / Otsuchi Art Collaborative Project By Japan & Taiwan
Title in Original Language 希望の樹-大槌アート 日台共同プロジェクト
Director(s) Aoike Yuta
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in 1969. In 1995, Aoike Yuta joined the production crew for a 12-part series of "Noda hokubu: Takatori no hitobito" (Dir: Aoike Kenji), which is a documentary series following the victims of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Nagata, Kobe, and their days of recovery. He then worked as assistant director and scriptwriter. "The Hope Tree / Otsuchi Art Collaborative Project by Japan & Taiwan" is his first film.
Year of Completion 2012
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 43 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format DVD
Shooting Locations Otsuchi, Iwate
Shooting Dates/Periods August 3 - 13, 2012
Names of Characters Chia-Chan Liao and Formosa Wall Painting Group, Art club of Iwate Prefectural Otsuchi High School
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles Japanese,
Date of First Public Screening 2013/3/11
Place of First Public Screening (Country) JAPAN
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2013/3/11
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Osaka Asian Film Festival 2013 - Special Program: Memorial 3.11 - Two Years from Great East Japan Earthquake
Staff Credits Photography: Yamada Takenori
Editing: Muramoto Masaru
Music: Hara Koichiro
Narration: Chao Yi-Hua
Others:Sound Mixing: Takizawa Osamu
Producer Hisaichi Shimin Koryukai
Distributor / Distribution Company Tarumi Eiji
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None