After divorcing, Rie has found happiness with her second husband Daisuke and formed a new family. But when Daisuke dies in a tragic accident, she discovers her new husband was not the man she thought he was. Rie calls on the attorney Kido to help her find the truth about the identity of the man she loved. A quest that will open larger questions about the nature of identity itself, and what makes a person real at all.
Kei ISHIKAWA was born in 1977 at Aichi-Prefecture. After graduating from Tohoku University in physics, Ishiawa studied at Polish National Film School. After his return, he worked on several documentaries and shorts. In 2017 he directed his debut film, Traces of Sin won many awards as an upcoming director. In 2019, he directed Listen to the Universe which won many awards including best picture for Hochi Film Award and best director for Mainichi Film Awards.
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COMMENTS OF THE DIRECTOR
When we fall in love, what is it about the other person we fall in love with? What if the person we fall in love with turns out to be someone completely different? What if their hidden past harbors the most unexpected secret? And when we hate someone, what is it about the other that we hate? Can we hate a person’s entire being just by examining one side of them or a small incident from their past? This profound question—along with the question of “What am I?”—is one that has tormented me for long. In today’s world where intolerance and isolation abound, I feel this question is no mere personal problem.
This intricately intertwined mystery film tackles this matter from a variety of angles. As the identity of the man —“X”— named Daisuke Taniguchi comes to light, it becomes even more uncertain just what part of him was the truth. This is not a mere mystery movie wherein a simple answer to “Who is X?” is offered at the end. Rather, it is a labyrinth with no escape. The title A Man is purposely vague to show that X could be anyone. I wish for the audience to witness the light that X would have found at the end of his long, challenging labyrinth of life, because I strongly believe that it will remind us of how precious life is.
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A MAN’s story is intricate and multilayered, moving between different genres, but the film never leaves the audience behind. How did you approach this balance between complexity and approachability?
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MAIN CAST BIOGRAPHY
Born in 1980, from Fukuoka Prefecture. Tsumabuki starred in his first feature film leading role in WATER BOYS (2001, directed by Shinobu YAGUCHI), for which he won Best Actor and Newcomer of the Year awards at the 25th Japan Academy Film Prize. He has since gone on to win countless awards, including the Japan Academy Film Prize’s Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for VILLAIN (2010, directed by Sang-il LEE), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Rage (2016, directed by Sang-il LEE), and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for The Asadas (2020, directed by Ryota NAKANO). In 2009 he starred in the NHK historical drama Heart of a Samurai. His most recent works include Shape of Red (2020, directed by Yukiko MISHIMA), and Detective Chinatown 3 (2021, directed by Chen SICHENG). This will be his first work with Kei ISHIKAWA in the director’s seat since TRACES OF SIN (2017).
Born in 1986, from Tokyo. Ando made her acting debut in Eiji OKUDA’s 2007 film out of the wind. In 2014, she won a number of awards for 100 YEN LOVE (directed by Masaharu TAKE), including the Japan Academy Film Prize Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and the Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 2018, she once again won the Japan Academy Film Prize Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Shoplifters (2018, Hirokazu KORE-EDA), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. From 2018 to 2019, she played the heroine Fukuko in the NHK drama series Mampuku. Other notable feature film appearances include 0.5mm (2014, directed by Momoko ANDO), Asleep (2015, directed by Shingo WAKAGI), and REMINISCENSE (2017, directed by Yasuo FURUHATA).
Born in 1988, from Kanagawa Prefecture. After making his acting debut in 2006, Kubota won Best New Actor at the Yokohama Film Festival and Best Supporting Actor at the Takasaki Film Festival for The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (directed by Yuki TANADA) in 2012. In 2020, he starred in FIRST LOVE (directed by Takashi MIIKE), which had the distinct honor of getting selected for Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and also played the leading role in the NHK drama series Yell. Other notable performances include the Tokyo Ghoul series (2017–2019, directed by Takuya KAWASAKI, Kazuhiko HIRAMAKI), Poupelle of Chimney Town (voice actor, 2020, directed by Yusuke HIROTA), The Sunday Runoff (2022, directed by Yuichiro SAKASHITA), and the TV drama movie adaptation Radiation House: The Movie (2022, directed by Masayuki SUZUKI).
as Akira KIDO
as Rie TANIGUCHI
as Daisuke TANIGUCHI