Going the Distance
- Friday, May 26, 19:30 Naxoshalle Kino
- Japan 2016, Blu-ray, 117 min, Japanese with English subtitles
- Director, script & production: Yujiro HARUMOTO
- Camera: Kenji NOGUCHI
- World sales: Article Films
- Cast: Shinichiro MATSUURA, Masahiro UMEDA, Yumi ENDO, Nobu MORIMOTO, Koji MITSUMIZO
- German premiere in the presence of the director and of the actor Masahiro UMEDA
- Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award
Asahi and Kaori are a happy couple and plan to marry soon. But Kaori’s mother looks down on a prospective son-in-law who grew up in an orphanage and works as a boxing trainer. Things become more complicated when Asahi tries to help his best friend Hiroto who has been scammed by a shady businessman. Yujiro HARUMOTO tells an unsentimental yet compelling story about loyalty, friendship, and family.
Yujiro HARUMOTO, born in Kobe in 1978, graduated from Nihon University College of Art. He worked as an assistant director for period films and TV series at Shochiku Kyoto Studios and then became a freelancing assistant director for many other film and TV productions. GOING THE DISTANCE is his feature length debut and has received two awards at the 2017 Festival International of the Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul.