When a determined journalist meets a lost bureaucrat, they decide to challenge the commercial principles of mass media and the omnipotent state apparatus at all cost. Adapted from the best-selling novel by journalist Isoko Mochizuki, this controversial political thriller was only screened in small theaters yet it accumulated an impressive 400-million-yen box office. The journalist’s role in society is to seek the truth and protect the public’s right to know. In a democratic country, the government has no reason to cover up decisions that are closely tied to public interest. Korean star Shim Eun-kyung exhibits the clear-eyed conviction of a frontline reporter, while Tori Matsuzaka plays an aspiring political operative who must choose between ethics and career ambition. The source’s author also appears in the film, in which she debates with fictional politicians and academics about the government’s collusion with the media in a television program within the film. In the age of fake news, defending the truth is more important than ever.
Kaohsiung Film Festival 2019 selection
藤井道人 Michihito Fujii
生於日本東京，曾於日本大學藝術學院修讀電影系，師從編劇家青木研次，在學期間便開始於電影界工作，並拍攝各種短片。他的首部劇情長片為《哦！爸爸們》〈2013〉，改編自伊坂幸太郎的同名小說。他的下一部電影《幻肢》（2014），獲得亞洲青少年電影節最佳劇本獎。電影作品包括7s（2017）、Innocent Blood（2017）、Evil（2018）、Ao no Kaerimichi（2018）、Day and Night（2018）等。
Born in Tokyo. During Nihon University College of Art of Cinema, he began to work in Japanese Film industry. His teacher is Ken Aoki. His theatrical feature debut was Oh! Father. (2013), adapted from Isaka Kotaro’s novel of the same name. He won the Best Screenplay at the 9th Asia International Film Festival with Phantom Limb (2014). His filmography includes 7s (2015), Innocent Blood (2017), Evil (2018), Ao no Kaerimichi (2018) and Day and Night (2018).