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 Kazutaka Ito
26th Raindance Film Festival 2018
A Song Downwind and Rainbow Upstream

The three met again in the evening. One was afraid of expecting too much, another believed in their miraculous bond, and the last hurt somebody with their unthinking egotism. This is the tale of their mysterious relationship.


Hey Kazutaka, thanks for talking to TNC, how is everything going?

Everything is good these days. Especially after hearing of Raindance official selection.

This is your International Premiere are there any nerves ahead of the screening?

Not really. I am very much looking forward to the screening in London. However, I can not speak English, so I am worried that I can not communicate with the audience.

Anyway, I am going to rely on Google Translate (as I now answer this).

What does it mean to be screening A Song Downwind and Rainbow Upstream at Raindance 2018?

First and foremost, I am very honored. But on the other hand, it is a very strange experience for me because the film that I have made so far has never been interested or recognized by anyone. That is why I attached the title to the film.

This film is a SONG that is shed by the wind and can not reach anyone's ears. Or it is a RAINBOW that is too far away from the city and never seems to anyone.


Tell me a little bit about A Song Downwind and Rainbow Upstream, how did the film come about?

For the past six years, I was just in the mood and I could not shoot my own film. However, members of the group encouraged me to shoot one again and I did it. So, it is a very personal film, but the trigger was exogenous.

A Song Downwind and Rainbow Upstream

What was the inspiration behind your screenplay?

Film experience or real experience or memory fragments of on my own.

What was the most challenging part of making this film?

While keeping the ambiguity of the relationship between the characters, at the same time, devised so that the relationship creates a universal form.

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

Yes, I've had it since I was a boy.

A Song Downwind and Rainbow Upstream

How much has your style and the approach to your filmmaking changed since your debut?

In the fundamental part such as longing and enthusiasm, I think that it has hardly changed. However, the appearance of the film seems to have changed significantly this time.

How would you describe A Song Downwind and Rainbow Upstream in three words?

Apples skins' film.

"And I hope someone applies something like this in the real world."

Do you have any advice or tips for any fellow filmmaker?

In my case, I make films when I can not express myself in another way. If you feel uncontrollable or compelling desire, I think that should be filmed even if it is a personal matter.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from this film?

A strange feeling about the relationships of people in the film, or any films. And I hope someone applies something like this in the real world.

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