JAPAN / 1999/ Japanese Color / Video / 118 min

Director, Editing: Hirano Katsuyuki
Music: Kitano Yuji, and others
Source: V & R Planning Ltd.
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Hirano Katsuyuki

Born in Shizuoka, 1964. Aspiring cartoonist until the age of 18, when he began filmmaking. After being selected for the Pia Film Festival three years in a row, 1985 to 1987, began to direct adult video in 1990. Yumika, the first Hokkaido-bike-trip film, had its theatrical debut in 1997. Encyclopedia of a Drifter, the second in the bike-trip series came out in 1998. White, finished in 1999, concludes the three part bike-trip series.

This film is about a wild bike trip from the director's hometown of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, to Rebun Island, Hokkaido, in the dead winter. In this third film that completes his trilogy, he acts alone, in contrast with his previous two films, which revolve around travel with a woman during more temperate seasons. This trip is a scheme in itself to create a film rather than the documentation of a trip as it happens, which is what makes it so fascinatingly distinct from other road films.
- Masuya Shuichi

Director's Statement
I have nothing special to say, but for now, I present this film with my utmost gratitude to the innovators and the adventurers of the past in all fields. Personally, I made this film to recreate the cinematic emotions such as beauty, excitement, fear and pleasure, that I experienced as a child, and that is all there is to tell.

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