Directed by Randall Okita
Hashi is a high school student struggling to maintain his equilibrium in the wake of the sudden suicide of his best friend and potentially love of his life. He fantasizes getting out of town while maintains a habit of theft. The fragile fig leaf is ripped out when another friend is brutally attacked at a party and the students discover that he had been stealing from them. Will all the torments push Hashi further towards the abyss of haunted memory and bitter alienation, or strengthen him to fight back and claim self-assurance?
Through stunning imagery and refined storytelling, THE LOCKPICKER is a portrait of a coming-of-age processing personal trauma with the scarcest help from both the family and the society. Levelheaded and deftly shot, the film builds raw emotional forces from the accretion of slight moments of remembrance of regrets and visions of violence. Having a background in sculpture, performance and video art, director Randall Okita is adept in using expressive approaches to color, line, and architecture in order to provoke nuanced emotional states like the suppressed angst Hashi has been experiencing, and the urban boredom in a callous and cold Toronto.
Beyond the ephemeral tale about a solitary young man wrought by guilt, pain and longing, THE LOCKPICKER also depicts the extensive social context that ties Hashi’s life to the larger story of a community where the individual discovers he belongs nowhere.
Screenings made possible by: Asian American Film Lab;