Yuku is a hunter who works for animal damage control programmes in the mountains of central Japan. In order to afford the medical bills for the treatment of his mother’s illness, he accepts a lucrative contract to kill a rare, white deer that lives in the forest by a remote village, and whose presence is thought to undermine tourism in the region by the neighbouring town’s bureaucrats. As he ventures into the village, however, he discovers that the animal is venerated as a god by the local community, which lives in a state of semi-isolation from the rest of society. While assessing his ethical responsibilities in undertaking such a task, he gets closer to inhabitants of the village, facing their conflicting emotions as to whether they should keep living as “outsiders”.
Director: Masakazu Kaneko
86 mins / Japan // 2016
Cast: Ryohei Matsuoka, Kanako Higashi, Yusuke Fukuchi, Kinuo Yamada, Hatsunori Hasegawa
Date: Thursday, 9th March
Location: Oolong, 4 Stephens Street Lower, Dublin 2
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