In 2009, there was a (fictional!) devastating forest fire in northern Japan's Shizuoka Province in which numerous people disappeared without a trace. The medium Yuna lost her entire family and 15 years later sets out to find clues as to what was behind the disaster. By touching her sister's personal belongings, she hopes to uncover the mystery of her disappearance. When she encounters a dead figure in the middle of the wilderness, she loses herself completely in the green of the forest. The beginning of a mystical journey, an attempt by the survivors to finally mourn the dead.
In his experimental film, director Nakahira Yasuyuki (Into the Blue) transposes the legends of South American natives into a Japanese context. In a forest where the ego exists dead and alive at the same time, two villages try to destroy each other with fire. Dark Red was made at the same time as a play with a similar theme and was shot in only eight days with a minimal budget in a forest in Shizuoka province. The result is a cryptic stream of images that succeeds in creating its very own atmosphere.
Dark Red は 22. JFFH 2021 で上映されます.