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Kei Ishikawa – A Man #Venezia79

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Is it possible to start a new life with a new identity?

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Kei Ishikawa, director of the film A Man.

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An interview with Kei Ishikawa, director of A Man. The film was presented in the Orizzonti section of the 79th Venice Film Festival. The director discusses the topic of identity, which has inspired many filmmakers of the past. He also stops to think whether it is possible to become someone else and start anew. We also speak with him about the mystery side of the movie and the rhythm of A Man.

A Man: Akira, who works as a lawyer, receives a request from Rie, one of her former clients. Rie wants to do a background check on her deceased husband, Daisuke. Previously, after getting a divorce, Rie moved back to her hometown where she raised her child alone before eventually meeting Daisuke and marrying him. They had started a happy family of four with the addition of a new child, when one day, Daisuke died in a tragic accident. Stricken with grief, the family holds a memorial service, where Daisuke’s estranged brother Kyoichi appears. To everyone’s surprise, when he sees the photo of his dead brother, he remarked that the man in the photo was not his brother. So, was Rie’s beloved “Daisuke” actually someone else? Then who was the “man” and why was he impersonating another person? Akira in his private investigation encounters an array of people in his pursuit to identify the man who had lived his life as a different person. He starts to close in on a shocking truth to reveal the identity of the mystery man, but the truth becomes more and more worrisome.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Kei Ishikawa
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    A Man
  • Festival section
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