A Story for Grown-ups: Taro from the Land of Tsunamis


Uenaka Atsushi


大人の童話「津波の国から来た太郎」My wife's parents house got washed away by the giant tsunami on March 11 2011. Mother-in-law and other family members barely escaped being swallowed by the waves, but they had to evacuate to shelters, which dramatically changed their lives. Inspired by the miserable events actually happened around myself, I create a story about imaginary protagonist Taro to make this documentary. I call this type of film as 'virtual documentary'.
Although his family has been missing due to tsunami, Taro recovered from the depths of despair and started working at the work site of decommissioning nuclear reactors in order to acquire the meaning of life. However, Taro was exposed to a large dose of radiation there and laid off. He then went to "Tokio", a city thousand-miles away from his hometown, to look for his missing family. After hopping from one job to another and wandering around the city, he withdrew into the "world of a sack". Through the years living in such a closed world, his disease caused by radiation exposure gradually ruined his body.
This film is dedicated to many people who died with deep chagrin after sufferring wounds from the disaster.
Title in English A Story for Grown-ups: Taro from the Land of Tsunamis
Title in Original Language 大人の童話「津波の国から来た太郎」
Director(s) Uenaka Atsushi
Director's Bio/Filmography Director Uenaka Atsushi has directed six documentary films since 2012. His debut film "Aru natsu no kumo" won Special Jury Prize at Abeno Human Documentary film festival 2012. Uenaka has been making 'virtual documentaries' which depict stories between fiction and reality such as "A Story for Grown-ups: Taro from the Land of Tsunamis".
Year of Completion 2014
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 34 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 4:3
Color Mixed
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Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2014/8/15
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Staff Credits Script: Yoshida Takuya, Uenaka Atsushi
Photography: Okano Toshimichi
Editing: Yamaguchi Keiichi
Sound: Kumakura Yoshio
Music: Planet Okada
Producer Uenaka Atsushi
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Official Website for the Film 作品URL(視聴可) 日本語版:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-JxjP4xYXE、英語版 English subtitled version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQixQ1dZNNI
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Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None