Sometani Shota: Top 10 Project: #3 Nora

Sometani is a multi-award winning actor. Even before his big win at 2011 (68th) Venice Film Festival, he had his humble beginnings with indie cinema and a win of Best Actor at 2009 (11th) TAMA NEW WAVE festival for his character portrayal as a troubled and displaced teenager with a tragic past in Nora.

#3 Nora

517jkiLe42LMovie: Nora
Romaji: Wasteland
Japanese: ノラ
Director:  Norichika Oba
Release Date:
Runtime: 78 min.
Genre:  Drama
Starring:  Sometani Shota, Yasunori Mihara,

The Storyline

Yukio Kasai (Sometani Shota) is running through the mountains to escape something, when suddenly he is accidentally hit and knocked unconscious. The man driving is Shigeru, a single father who lives nearby in a small rural fishing town. Shigeru then offers Yukio a strange proposal, whilst he recovers he can ‘help repair a boat’. Yukio then moves into Shigeru’s household, which he shares with his young daughter Akane. Yukio is however haunted by nightmares and just when he starts to feel comfortable, forgetting himself in such an idyllic wasteland, his tragic past catches up to him with dire results.

Sometani’s role…

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Not dissimilar to Yuichi, Yukio is a troubled teenager with complex daddie issues as the result of a tragic past of child abuse. He is first seen fleeing in the mountains, running from his problems. And when he wakes up asks for “no police”. He is often haunted my nightmares, or what might be memories of his past, and gets angst upon anyone looking at the large burn scar on his leg that has left him unable to walk naturally. He is also prone to violent outburst, Even going as far to stab Shigeru when he is woken suddenly. But Yukio is remorseful of his actions and starts even to become comfortable within the household, helping Shigeru repair the boat and assimilate to a peaceful existence within his own wasteland. However, the past soon catches up with him and Yukio is reminded of his father and all the physical and mental hurt suffered at his hands. He becomes resentful and distressed. Leaving his hideaway, Yukio returns home, and in a climatic ending has one final showdown with his father.

Opinion

To be written.

his complex film wouldn’t work at all if it wasn’t for Aya Omasa and Shota Sometani giving the spot on, and often eccentric, performances they do. – See more at: http://jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/review-liar-and-broken-girl.html#sthash.IYAgJfJk.dpuf
his complex film wouldn’t work at all if it wasn’t for Aya Omasa and Shota Sometani giving the spot on, and often eccentric, performances they do. – See more at: http://jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/review-liar-and-broken-girl.html#sthash.IYAgJfJk.dpuf

3.5_out_of_5_stars

The countdown continues ….

#2 Touching the Skin of Eeriness
#3 Nora
#4 A Liar and Broken Girl
#5 Pandora's Box 
#6 Yuriko's Aroma 
#7 The Intermission
#8 Strawberry Night and Lesson of the Evil
#9 Tokyo Koen
#10 Love Sickness 
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