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Section: Fantastic Asia Spotlight on Japan
BEFORE WE VANISH
Premiere: Hawaii Premiere
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Year: 2017 | Runtime: 129m
Country: Japan | Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Narumi’s husband just isn’t the man he used to be. After going missing for several days, Shinji (Ryuhei Matsuda, THE GREAT PASSAGE, THE MOHICAN COMES HOME, THE SCYTHIAN LAMB) can’t seem to recall anything about his life, or for that matter even how to be human. But while Narumi sets about trying to get him back to normal, everyone else they encounter starts to get stranger, and bizarrely forgetful.
Unbeknownst to them Shinji is one of three alien scouts, sent to earth to steal their ‘concepts’ in preparation for a mass invasion. Snatching up the concepts of good, evil, family, property, and even self, of those they encounter, the alien visitors leave their hosts dazed and confused along the way.
But when it comes time to signal the motherland to begin the invasion, will the 3 follow-through on their mission? Or will their discoveries about humanity change their heartless plans? Legendary genre filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE, PULSE, TOKYO SONATA, JOURNEY TO THE SHORE) returns with a unique spin on the sci-fi genre, reinventing the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery (with a serious dose of comic relief along the way).
11/3/2017 8:45PM | 11/6/2017 8:30PM