Shell and Joint

2018 / 154 min

SYNOPSIS

Nitobe and Sakamoto are friends from childhood who now work at the front desk of a capsule hotel. Nitobe has a particular fondness for philosophy and crustaceans. Sakamoto, meanwhile, is fixated on suicide. The capsule hotel draws a variety of guests, including a Finnish mother who has lost her child, a fugitive woman, and a researcher studying Daphnia. None of their lives ever intersect. Nor do any of the lives out of it for that matter. They exist, but never cross, like cells in a capsule hotel. With crustaceans as leitmotif, the themes of life and death are explored through a fragmentary view of the characters’lives. 

Director's Statement

I have spent the past 17 years making some 20 short films. Shell and Joint represents my first ever feature-length production, asking the big questions like, “What is the shape or condition of life? And conversely, of death? Perhaps death is the more universal natural and common condition, while life is something of a journey of a free will; a short trip that ends with death. I wanted to make a film that explores that theme, free of the usual conventions of cinematic structure. I wanted to be free. If life is freedom, so is art. 

Staff

Director : Isamu Hirabayashi

Screenwriter : Isamu Hirabayashi

Cinematography : Isamu Hirabayashi

Editor : Isamu Hirabayashi

Color Grading : Isamu Hirabayashi

Executive Producer : Tatsuo Ito

Executive Producer : Madoka Katsumata

 

Producer : Yoko Okazaki

Line Producer : Yoshimi Ishii

Production Manager : Yoko Tabunoki

Production Manager : Kazu Haruno

 

Music : Takashi Watanabe

Sound design : Keitaro Iijima

Recording : Yasuo Hijikata

Art Director : Ken Murakami

Illustrator : Yumie Ogawa

Still Photographer : Kohide Nakashima

 

Hair & Make up : Seiji Kamikawa

Hair & Make up : Nobuko Okuno

Hair & Make up : Chise Fujioka

Hair & Make up : Kohta Tanabe

Hair & Make up : Makiko Wada

Gaffer : Yasuhiro Nomura

Gaffer : Takamasa Furukawa

Production Design : Katsuaki Gotoh

Production Design : Sayaka Mizutani

Costume Design : Sayaka Takahashi

Cast

Keisuke Horibe

Mariko Tsutsui
 

Aiko Sato
Hiromi Kitagawa
Atsuko Sudo
Koharu Kusumi
Ayano Kudo
Saaya Yamasaki
Kanako Higashi
Naoto Nojima
Tatsuya Gasyuin
Karia Nomoto

Dairakudakan
Akiko Takakuwa
Azusa Fujimoto
Jongye Yang

Tomoki Kimura
Supika Yufune
Ruka Ishikawa
Junpei Hashino
Tomohisa Takeda

Kaori Takeshita
Maki Nishiyama
Mizuho Satomi
Akihiro Kato
Rikako Harada

Naoko Takagi
You Hasegawa
Yuriko Onuma
Masafumi Tada
Kei Kato
Taku Kooyama

Yusuke Itagaki
Hiroyuki Toritani
Yurika Yamamura
Kohei Mashiba
Takuya Fujimura

Mado Karasumori
Hajime Osamu
Mayumi Yamamoto
Mitsue Banzai

Minna Vänskä
Masayuki Tanaka
Mika
Momoko Akiyama

Takuya Fujisaki
Takeshi Hirabayashi
Sanae Margaret
Mizuho Sone

Maika Ootsu
Yuno Oota
Takuto Tohara
Daiya Kunii
Azuru Maruyama

Production

DASH CO., LTD.

Chromarhythm Inc.

TEEMA Inc.