How was the idea for Plan 75 born?
The catalyst was the killing rampage that happened in a retirement home in Japan in 2016. I felt this event was the product of a society where intolerance had come to be the dominant value. My fear and anger in response to this social intolerance prompted me to make the film.
How do you work? What was the atmosphere like on set?
I tried to keep an open mind and listen to others in order to create an atmosphere where everyone would feel comfortable sharing their ideas. I was happy to hear the actors tell me that they felt the vibe on set was comfortable and peaceful. I think it's important to maintain a healthy environment both physically and mentally, so that everyone feels at liberty to express their creativity.
Anything you'd like to share regarding your actors?
Chieko Baisho, legendary Japanese singer and actor, is more than just a great performer: she's an incredible person, a respectful and charismatic individual. Everyone on set was in love with her!
What did shooting this film teach you?
I learnt how to get along with others as part of the collaborative process. Communication is key to creative collaboration.
What do you hope people take away from this film?
The beauty and dignity of human life.
Where does your drive to make films come from?
All the films I saw as a teenager made me want to become a director. I'm also very inspired by the articles I read and the documentaries I watch.
What's your all-time favourite film?
Muddy River by Kōhei Oguri. I first saw it when I was 10, and I was gripped. This was the film that awakened indescribable emotions in me as a child. I remember thinking to myself: "Finally, someone who understands me!". It was the first time I had ever identified so strongly with a film.
What's up next for you?
I want to make a children's film that kids will watch, and think to themselves: "Finally, someone who understands me!".