The End of the Special Time We Were AllowedAbout The Moive
YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival “New Asian Currents” OFFICIAL SELECTION
The film’s protagonist, director’s friend took his own life with a suicide note pleading that this film be completed. Moving in and out of documentary and fiction, the story becomes chaotic and soon drifts toward destruction.
He left a note saying, “Finish the movie,” along with a tape of his suicide. I blamed myself, wondering if turning his condition into a subject for a documentary is what drove him over the edge, but after further thinking, I wondered if he had a talent for suicide as well as music, and decided to complete this documentary as a message to developed nations where suicide is a taboo subject.
This documentary tells the story of the latter days of the life of the musician Sota Masuda. Brimming with talent, he made his big break when he won a music contest at age 17, showing that making a living from music was not beyond his reach. However, Masuda, the head of his band, broke it up when the other members moved on to university. He moved to Tokyo alone, where he met with harsh reality, and relied on drugs to blunt the pain. The camera shows little of the man who was once captivated audiences and was surrounded by friends. After a brush with death by overdose, he returned to his hometown.
Friends invite him to start getting back into music, but while they were interested in it as a hobby and way to pass the time, Masuda was a professional who insisted on quality. This attitude slowly created a gap between them until the relationship collapsed. Masuda then contacted his old band mates and they started performing together again, but the audiences were always smaller than Masuda had hoped.
Director Shingo Ota, who watched Masuda shine on stage in high school revives him through film. Director Ota, still admiring Masuda, was invited by other musician friends and went to Sota’s hometown where they restarted their life of music together.
Masuda’s final, fatal decision was to commit suicide by a river where he once admired the beautiful sunsets. He left a note and a tape that captured the event for director Shingo Ota, who would later wonder if his late friend had a talent for suicide as well as music. He uses film to piece together the final years of Masuda’s life and imagines what awaited him after death. This film leaps over the barriers that separate documentary and fiction, and blends elements of imagination with a journey of recollection of a life choked by self-destruction.
Singersong Writer, Vocalist, Painter
Singersong Writer, Vocalist, Worker
Producer / Director / Screenplay / Film Editor：Shingo Ota
Co-Producer：Yutaka Tsuchiya Camera Operator：Kentaro Kishi , Ryo Iizuka Sound Recording&MA：Ryouma Ochiai Assistant Director：Yuuji Shimada Production Manager：Makoto Magaribuchi , Dai Motoyama Music：Ichiko Aoba Ending Thema：Souta Masuda Original Title：Toshiki Okada（chelfitsch）
SPACE SHOWER TV
YAMAHA MUSIC COMMUNICATIONS Co., LTD.
Village of Tenryu
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media
About the Director
Shingo Ota Born 1985 in Nagano. Began making independent films during his studies at Waseda University.His graduation work Graduation (2009/58 min) about a young man in a moratorium state and his family, shot in an improvisational style without a script, was acclaimed by filmmaker Tsuchiya Yutaka and admitted to Yokohama International Film Festival 2009. It won an award for excellence and the audience prize at Image Forum Festival 2010. He made a making-of documentary of Fukada Koji’s film hospitalite titled Shonen Shojo, which has been invited to Osaka Asian Film Festival and shown as a standalone film. Ota’s films are known for their celebration of human existence in the niches of real and fiction, excess and humor. He has made short films like 23-year old Farewell and Bangkok Lover. As actor, he has performed with the famous Chelfish theater troupe, including stages in Hong Kong, Asia, North America.