When Masahiro returns to his hometown of Tokyo with his wife, he is suddenly plagued by inexplicable feelings of guilt and nightmares from a time long past. Then a mysterious man advises him to perform an eerie ritual in the infamous Aokigahara forest. For Masahiro, a dramatic journey into the past begins, to his innermost spiritual abysses.
Following in the footsteps of their multi-award-winning short film “Hunger” (www.hungerfilm.ch) and Tokyo Rain (www.tokyorain.ch), Robert Schneider and Michel Wild produce a Japanese drama from their personal European point of view. ‘Shōgai’ is also shot exclusively in Switzerland. The real film sequences are supplemented with classic anime scenes.
Patrizia Tschurr – Production coordinator / Script supervisor
Francesco Tancredi – Grip / Lighting / Set photography
Michael Rosio – Sound / Boom operator
Julia Schneider – Set runner / Clapper loader
Claudia Bisang – Set design
Urs P. Wild – Assistant production
Sven Christinger – Set design
Basil Bleuler – Set design
Naoko Yoshida – Translations