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Counters

2017, Color,B&W, 99', Documentary
Dir: LEE Il-ha
Keyword: Rights
Release: 2018-08-15

 

Film Awards
The 14th Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korean Green Competition-Grand Prize, Korean Green Competition-Special Audience Jury Award (2018,Korea)
The 5th Suwon Migrants Film Festival (2018,Korea)
The 6th Muju Film Festival (2018,Korea)
The 17th New York Asian Film Festival (2018,USA)
The 9th Busan Peace Film Festival (2018,Korea)
The 20th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2018,Czech Republic)
The 9th DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival, Beautiful New Docs Award (2017,Korea)
The 43th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2017,Korea)
The 4th Sa-ram Sa-neun Se-sang Film Festival (2017,Korea)
Synopsis

Since 2013, Japan's extreme-right racist group has organized more than 1000 hate speeches around the nation. A schoolteacher, a deliveryman, a politician, an architect, and other ordinary citizens form a coalition to ‘counter’ the racist group, calling for the awakening of Japanese conscience. Spearheading the civic group, our problematic protagonist Takahashi, a former mid-level Yakuza boss reborn, determined to fight against racism and discrimination. 

Director's Note

"Kill every Korean, good or bad," calls a junior high school student on the street. Hate speech, which is speech disparaging a racial, sexual, or ethnic group or a member of such a group, is made at the heart of Japan every day. On the other side, there are protesters against the hate speakers. They occupy the streets to block the march of racist demonstration. The reality of both countries’ societies turning rightists after passing the era of high economic growth. Looking into the struggling civil societies opposing this, we bring forth a serious question: "what society do we really live in and where is the value of these societies?" 

Director's Bio / Filmography
- LEE Il-ha

Born in Korea, LEE Il-ha moved to Japan in 2000 and was in the course of a Bachelor at Tama Art University, a Master at the graduate school of Nihon University, and a Doctorate of the documentary major at the graduate school of Osaka University of Arts.


2003 [Your March ] 45min.
2006 [Latte Index] 60min.
2008 [Roadmentary] 96min.
2010 [Goldfish, and Razor] 37min.
2014 [A Crybaby Boxing Club] 86min.
2017 [Counters] 98min.
Staff

Directed by  LEE Il-ha

Production  Exposed Film
Assistant Director  KIM Chang-won
Cinematography  LEE Il-ha
Editing  LEE Il-ha
Music  NOH Young-rae
CG  YU Hyun-sub
Cast

TAKAHASHI as himself

KIMOTO as himself
ARITA as himself