A grandfather has, by his count, 230 confessions to share with his granddaughter. A loner wanders into a fishing town and finds himself getting mixed up with a violent sea crew. A nerdy high school student befriends a weird classmate who is obsessed with his sister … who does not actually exist. An unemployed father takes his kid to his former high school to steal a punching bag, but they encounter something entirely different. A video store employee writes pleasing notes to himself at the end of his shift, but one morning his notes have been moved.

Based on several short stories by manga artist Hiroyuki Ohashi, ZOKKI is difficult to categorize according to its 3 directors, Takumi Saitoh, Naoto Takenaka, and Takayuki Yamada. The best attempt: it is an off-beat comedy from Japan that interweaves five stories into an intelligent yet often-absurd cohesive whole. All of the stories deal with ways in which loneliness can manifest itself into deception, including self-deception. By the end, these disparate narratives indeed collide into a satisfying conclusion.

-Lee Ngo



Online Access

Access Window: November 4, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Takumi Saitoh, Naoto Takenaka, Takayuki Yamada
CASTRyuhei Matsuda, Riho Yoshioka

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2020
RUN TIME: 113 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Japanese, with English subtitles


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