A son’s longing for an absent father transfigures into a discovery of a life lived at his funeral.
Set at a funeral of a man who recently returned home to his family after an 13-year absence, Blank 13 brings us through the mourning of a family blunted by resentment. With the arrival of a group of eccentric mourners, their eulogies bring about a change of tone as the family find themselves at the brink of discovery of a man in their life and his life apart.
Clearly demonstrating actor-turned-director Takumi Saitoh’s understanding of cinema, Blank 13 is a strong debut that positions him as a director of unique sensibility and background to look out for, winning him the Asian New Talent Award for Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The film quietly evokes the enigma of discovering the private life of a loved one, whether dead or alive; and the elasticity of familial bonds.
Cast & Credits
Takumi Saitoh, born in 1981 in Tokyo, is a prominent multitalented and multifaceted figure in the Japan entertainment industry. He is prolific as an actor in TV dramas, and a wide array of films including 13 Assassins (2010), Torakage (2015) and Shin Godzilla (2016). His personal wide-ranging interest in cinema led him to filmmaking. After completing two short films, he releases his debut feature Blank 13 (2017).
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• Best Director Asian New Talent Award, Shanghai International Film Festival 2017