©2012 “Kirishima” Film Club ©Ryo Asai / SHUEISHA
Everyone is caught up in the turmoil of the Kirishima thing...
Directed by Daihachi Yoshida, whose "Show Some Love, You Losers!" was officially selected for the Critics' Week at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, "The Kirishima Thing" is the perfect showcase of his unique portrayal of the dark side of people who end up being sympathetic.
In this, his first time to work in the teenage milieu, he explores the human geography of a high school as it descends into turmoil caused by the unseen character of Kirishima. What results is a fascinating blend of character study, unforeseen twists and very real emotion with a final note of hopefulness. It's another outing in Yoshida's special brand of film entertainment.
Their world is the intense hierarchy of a High School. There are those that are "in" and those that are "out". The gods and the lesser mortals. The unspoken rule is that you know your place and do not cross the line.
One day in the world of the elite, word comes that the seemingly-perfect, Kirishima, is quitting after-school activities. With no-one having a clue as to why, rumors abound and the fragile ecosystem is plunged into chaos. His decision spoils the cozy complacency of the members of his circle and the tectonic plates of the social structure of his class begin to shift. Currents of jealousy run through the girls' world. His male classmates struggle with a sense of abandonment. Everyone is hypersensitive to the ramifications of his move.
Meanwhile, at the lower depths of the social scale, the nerdy members of the film clubare engulfed by a tidal wave of repercussion which spells big changes for the film project they are just about to embark upon.