New Docs Japan
  • Japan’s Peace Constitution
  • Ride Forward on Your Bicycle
  • HOME TOWN—me & the Kobe Earthquake
  • Marines Go Home!—Henoko, Maehyang-ri, Yausubetsu
  • GENKI Love
  • The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa
  • Little Birds
  • Letter from Rokkasho Village no. 1–no. 3
  • And Life Goes On
  • GENKI Love

    (“Mokkosu genki na ai”)

    - 2005 / Japanese / Color / Video / 85 min

    Director, Photography, Editing: Terada Yasunori
    Music: Cho Paggie
    Sound Editor: Tanabe Nobumichi
    Narrator: Shin Sugok
    Planning, Executive Producer: Umagaki Yasuyoshi
    Producer: Kanki Ryosuke
    Production Committee, Source: GENKI Love Production Committee

    Severely physically-handicapped Kurata Tetsuya living in Kumamoto is unable to get married because his girlfriend’s mother strongly opposes the union. After much effort he obtains his driver’s license, and is determined to make the same effort to get permission to marry. The camera also exposes the characters of other unique residents such as a depressed pachinko addict who lives with Kurata.

    [Director’s Statement] Guffaw-chuckle-haw haw, weep-sob-sniffle, I made this film to make you taste different kinds of laughter and tears. It is a tale of love and friendship set in Kumamoto, the Land of Fire. I have sought for all the dramaturgy that was possible without losing its reality as a documentary. It would make me happy if you feel entertained by this film, but also if you took your time to meditate on the theme.

    - Terada Yasunori

    In 1993 he directed the independently produced documentary My Wife Is Filipina, in which he recorded his own married life with a Filipina. He subsequently made his living as a director of TV programs, but has recently returned to his true interest—filmmaking.