- JAPAN / 2011 / Japanese / Color / Video / 111 min
Director: Hirano Katsuyuki
In 2005, actress Hayashi Yumika passed away before her time at the age of 34. This is a love story in which the director recalls his travels with her on a bicycle trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido’s Rebun Island in 1997 to film Yumika, the moment he realized she was dead, and the years since in which he has been unable to make a film, as well as pouring out his heart about his romantic attachment to her. The teetering battle between the director, who attempts to control the film, and Yumika who confronts him with her raw emotions, constantly shakes the film’s equilibrium to mesmerizing effect. Our relationship with actress Hayashi Yumika is eternal. . . . Hirano’s White screened at YIDFF ’99.