Set against the serene backdrop of a remote island off the coast of Japan, Keita (Tatsuya Fujiwara, BATTLE ROYALE) supports his family with the help of childhood friend, Jun (Ken’ichi Matsuyama, NORWEGIAN WOOD) farming black figs in one of the island’s last remaining efforts to revitalize an otherwise waning economy. When a strange visitor shows up on the island unexpectedly and Keita’s daughter goes missing, Keita confronts the man and accidentally kills him, setting in motion a series of events that spiral quickly out of control. In an effort to protect his family and to keep the public perception of the island intact, Keita attempts to cover up the mess he created with the help of Jun, and the island’s resident police officer, Shin. When two relentless mainland Detectives are sent in to investigate, Keita is pushed towards his breaking point.
Directed by Ryûichi Hiroki (IT’S ONLY TALK), this quiet yet tense drama is delicately paced and rich in atmosphere. With imperfect characters at the forefront of its narrative and the line of ethics becoming ever more blurred as the film pulls us in deeper, NOISE is a compelling watch from start to finish.