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.
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.