Location: Redstone Theater
With Takehiro Ito and Chun Chih Ma in person
Dir. Takehiro Ito. Japan/Taiwan. 2016, 148 mins. With Chun Chih Ma, Haruo Kobayashi, Ayu Kitaura, Ryuzaburo Hattori, Natsumi Seto. In Japanese, Chinese, and English with English subtitles. Tokyo. Or perhaps, Taipei. A hybrid of fiction and documentary, and navigating mysteriously between the two cities, Takehiro Ito’s beguiling film follows a director looking for a new actor, so that he can resurrect a stalled film project. This actor is Ma (as himself), born in Taiwan, who wanders around Tokyo on roller blades. More than searching for a place, he is searching for an emotion: the feeling of being home. The two men wonder how one can exist in this world. Travelling back and forth through secret gates between Tokyo and its former colony, Taiwan, Out There is in turns a documentary, a film within a film, a love story, and a story about wandering. Following Edward Yang’s footsteps (the film starts from a failed documentary project on this Taiwanese director), Ito has also created a film in which the cities are among the main characters.
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