FIVE PERCENT MAN
Directed by Takeshi Tanaka
Based on a true story, FIVE PERCENT MAN follows Kashida, an independent film producer who faces the all-too-familiar challenge of exploitation. Cleverly employing documentary techniques and improvisation, director Takeshi Tanaka provides an in-depth look and critique of Japanese film culture.
Born in 1982. After graduating from Keio University, he worked for five years as an employee of the advertising agency Hakuhodo. After leaving Hakuhodo, he attended the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and then he established the content planning and production company Koto Production Inc. With a unique style as both producer and director, he has produced television commercials, promotional videos, dramas, and documentaries. This work is his first time as a movie director. While he has produced various kinds of videos, in filmmaking he places great importance on being independent from everything. From April 2016, he is scheduled to start as a lecturer in the Regional Resource Creation Department at the University of Miyazaki
Director’s statement: The screenplay is based on a true story, and in the chaotic industry of Japanese film, especially the bad practices that exist in the independent film world, it contains a message for a Japanese industry that exploits the passions of young creators who say, “I want to make a movie.” In a straightforward manner it depicts the problems of the Japanese film industry that everyone knows about but turns a blind eye to. I think it is a kind of ethno-cinema (exotic movie). In this work
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