They Say Nothing Stays the Same (2021)

Director: Joe Odagiri Run Time: 137 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Akira Emoto, Nijiro Murakami, Ririka Kawashima, Tadanobu Asano, Tsuyoshi Ihara

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese


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“a dreamy, unexpectedly rigorous debut”

—Deborah Young for The Hollywood Reporter

About the film:

Venice Film Festival 2019. Toichi is an old ferryman in a remote Meiji-era community. His life is a peaceful, cyclical existence, given meaning by the essential role he plays in transporting people, livestock and goods across the water, connecting villages and lives. When news arrives that a bridge is being built, it’s clear that his services will no longer be needed. Meanwhile, his life will be equally transformed by the appearance of a mysterious young woman whom he saves from drowning.

About the filmmaker:

Born in Okayama, Japan, Joe Odagiri studied acting at California State University, Fresno. He has worked with world renowned directors, beginning with the lead role in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Bright Future, which competed at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. His many other projects include Seijun Suzuki’s Princess Raccoon, Miwa Nishikawa’s Sway, and Katsuhiro Otomo’s Mushi-Shi: The Movie. His directorial debut Looking for the Cherry Blossoms screened at the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival. They Say Nothing Stays the Same is his feature directorial debut.

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