VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Ryu san

V' 17

Ryu san

Mr. Long

Sabu
Japan/Hongkong/China/Taiwan/D, 2017
Fiction, 129min, OmdU

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Ryu san

Sabu
Japan/Hongkong/China/Taiwan/D, 2017
Fiction, 129min, OmdU

Actors: 
Chang Chen
Long
Aoyagi Sho
Kenji
Yao Yiti
Lily
Bai Runyin
Jun
Arifuku Masashi
Heisuke
Suwa Taro
Tadao
Okusa Ritsuko
Kumiko
Screenplay: 
Sabu
Sound: 
Furuya Masashi
Camera: 
Furuya Koichi
Editor: 
Georg Petzold
Composer: 
Matsumoto Junichi
Decoration: 
Hayashi China
Costume: 
Koiso Kazuyo

Production: 
Live Max Film
LDH Pictures
BLK2 Pictures
Kaohsiung Film Fund
Rapid Eye Movies
World Sales: 
Jet Tone Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Professional hitman Long takes on an assignment in Japan. When things go awry, he has to flee. Badly injured, he takes refuge in a deserted part of a small town. A young boy brings him water and clothing. Long installs himself in one of the dilapidated houses where he prepares simple meals for the eight-year-old Jun. Soon, people are queuing up for Long’s noodle soup. Lily, Jun’s mother who is a drug addict, manages to kick her habit with Long’s help.
The search for a way out of a spiral of violence, for a quiet life and emotional security are topics that pervade director Sabu’s oeuvre. Seamlessly stringing together the rugged vernacular of gangster films with the tender moments of a burgeoning love story, his new work combines perfectly choreographed outbreaks of violence with contemplative cooking scenes and surprising moments of slapstick comedy. (Berlinale)