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BORDER LINE

The film is a story of loss and pain. All its main characters have an unquenchable thirst for a place that is not here, a time that is not now, and a life that might have been.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2003 16:25 IST
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BORDER LINE
Japan, 2002
Director: Lee Sang-Il

The film is a story of loss and pain. All its main characters have an unquenchable thirst for a place that is not here, a time that is not now, and a life that might have been.

Daigo Kurosaki is stunned when his taxi runs over a boy, Shuji Matsuda, who comes speeding on his bicycle. Shuji tells him he is from Hokkaido and that he has to accompany him to that northernmost part of Japan.

And as Daigo reluctantly drives north, another shock awaits him. Daisuke Miyaji is a disillusioned yakuza in his forties. With the betrayal of his partner, he ends up being pursued by other members of the gang.When he realises that his time is running out, he thinks of one thing he wishes he had done for his daughter whom he had deserted as a child.

Misa Aikawa has just bought a house of her own. But her son is bullied at school, and her husband loses his job. Her struggle to keep her dream family together in her new house brings about unexpected results.

Why does Haruka Uehara, an ordinary high school girl live by herself in an apartment? What does she do after school that her chatty peers do not know? The lives of these wounded souls meet for a fleeting second.

Soon, they go their separate ways, but not before the brief encounters have left their mark on their heretofore 'hopeless' lives.

Screenplay:
Lee Sang-II & Hajime Matsuura

Cinematography:

Shin Hayasaka

Editing:

Masafumi Aoyama

Music:

Ayuo

Principal cast:

Tetsu Sawaki, Ayaka Maeda, Yumi Asou, Ken Mitsuishi, Jun Murakami

Production:

Pia Corporation
35mm / colour / 118 mins

Director's bio-note: Lee Sang-II was born in 1974 in Japan. He studied at Korean schools in Yokohama up to senior high. Blue Chong was his graduation project for the Japan Academy of Moving Images.

It won several prizes and became a long-running hit in a Tokyo theatre. Border Line is Lee’s first feature film.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 02:16 IST