A Step Forward

In A Step Forward, director Kasezawa follows Pastor Yoichi Fujiyabu who runs a church in a rather peculiar spot of the Wakayama prefecture, Western Japan. The Sandanbeki cliff is indeed a very popular place, for all the right and wrong reasons. With its beautiful and dramatic scenery, the 2km long 50m high rock is in fact not only a renown sightseeing location but also – sadly – a popular suicide spot.

A solitary billboard on the edge of the cliff, with a bold red telephone number on, urges the possible suicidal souls to think twice and “please call before making the final decision”. On the other side of the telephone line is pastor Fujiyabu. Dynamic, laid-back and hands-on, Fujiyabu has already rescued (at the time of filming) more than 900 people.

Fujiyabu’s work has saved many lives stopping a desperate action but rehabilitation is the first priority here. His employment program for the recovering guests is what really makes the difference. In his words, the place should be a stepping-stone for those wanting to earn a bit and be independent.

Adriana Rosati, Asian Movie Pulse

  • Elokuvan nimi / Film Title : A Step Forward
  • Kieli / Language : Japanese
  • Tekstitys / Subtitles : English
  • Ohjaaja / Director : Atsushi Kasezawa
  • Tuotantomaa / Production Country : Japan
  • Vuosi / Year : 2018
  • Pituus (min) / Length (min) : 100
  • Ikäraja / Age limit : K7
  • Esitysformaatti / Format : DCP
  • Kuvaaja / Cinematographer : Atsushi Kasezawa
  • Leikkaus / Editing : Atsushi Kasezawa
  • Tuottaja / Producer : Akiko Tabakotani
  • Tuotantoyhtiö / Production Company : Documentary Japan, Inc.
  • Alkuperäinen nimi / Title in Original Language : Bokushi To Inochi No Jake
  • Esitysajat / Screenings :
    Tue 28.1. at 19.15, Kinopalatsi 8, followed by a Q&A with director Atsushi Kasezawa
    Fri 31.1. at 15.00, Kinopalatsi 6, followed by a Q&A with director Atsushi Kasezawa
    Sat 1.2. at 13.15, Kinopalatsi 6