The Lights Burned On - The Faith of a Doctor in the Deep North -

灯り続けた街の明かり - みちのくの医師の信念 -

Mizumoto Taishi


灯り続けた街の明かり - みちのくの医師の信念 -The Great East Japan Eartthquake devastated the coastal region of northeast Japan. The violence of the tsunami- a natural disaster far beyond anyone's expectations- brought such serious damages that the cleanup has been an overwhalming task. Three years have now passed. "What were we able to do on that day?" And stepping back, "What kind of preparation should we have made before that day?" For the sake of disaster prevention in a country plagued with natural disasters, what are the lessons that Japan must not allow to fade from memory?
In Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, Dr. Yasufumi Goto learned from the destruction of previous tsunamis, and built his four-story clinic as a disaster-proof building that can sustain a mega-earthquake as well as a 20-meter tsuami. Heavy-oil tanks and water tanks were installed, along with an emergency electricity generator on the roof of the clinic. On the day of the earthquake, Miyako was thrown into confusion, with power failures and the interruption of water supply, but the light continued to burn at the Goto clinic, which functioned as a shelter for about 200 people and was able to resume kidney dialysis treatment the next day.
Title in English The Lights Burned On - The Faith of a Doctor in the Deep North -
Title in Original Language 灯り続けた街の明かり - みちのくの医師の信念 -
Director(s) Mizumoto Taishi
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture in 1973.
Mizumoto Taishi worked as a assistant director for many feature films such as "Chi to hone (Blood and Bone)" and "Kokuhaku (Confessions) ". He is now making videos for DVD bonus materials or commercials and is directing the films "Hoshini negaio (Wish upon a star)" and "Yukidoke (Thaw)", and so on.
Year of Completion 2014
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 45 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDDVD
Shooting Locations Miyako CIty, Iwate Prefecture
Shooting Dates/Periods
Names of Characters Goto Yasufumi, Yamamoto Ichiriki
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2014/3/30
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan March 30, 2014
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Rikuchu-kaikan Hall, Miyako City, Iwate
Theatrical release at Miyako CINEMARINE
Sukagawa International Short Film Festival 2015
Staff Credits Script: Mizumoto Taishi
Photography: Segawa Ryu
Editing: Atsumi Koichi
Sound: Segawa Tetsuo
Music: HIMEKAMI, Hoshi Yoshiki
Narration: Yamamoto Ichiriki, Karabashi Yumi
Others:Planning: Segawa Tetsuo / Production: Nagai Project Co., Cine Bazar Co., Digital Sound Design SEGAWA / Supervisor: John Junkerman
Producer Tetsuo Segawa
Distributor / Distribution Company Segawa Tetsuo, Digital Sound Design SEGAWA
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None