Documenting a struggling fishery in Ushimado, Japan, Kazuhiro Soda’s latest verité opus speaks volumes about the state of that nation with an economy of words. Shot over the course of three months, the film slowly reveals the simmering xenophobia of the company’s owners—enflamed by the influx of unskilled Chinese laborers in their employ (who are scooping up the low-wage jobs the Japanese refuse to take). This messiness is matched by the camera, which, while maintaining a cool, observational distance, often gets splashed by sand and sea muck from unloading nets and oysters being shucked.
Q&A with Kazuhiro Soda
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