Journey Beyond the Night
Director: Takayuki KAYANO
Cast: Yoshinari TAKAHASHI / Yumiko NAKAMURA / Takafumi AOYAMA /
AYAKA / Yohei SAKURAGI / Aiko Izaki / Tamio ARAKI
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2023
[2021 / Color / HD / 5.1ch / 81 min. / Japanese with English subtitles]
Official Selection: Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2022 - Adrenaline Ride Section
Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
Winner: Japanese Feature Competition & Audience Award at SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival 2021
Harutoshi lives with his girlfriend as he struggles daily to become a manga artist, but is unable to succeed. One day, he goes on an overnight trip with his old college friends. On the way, however, he learns the results of a manga award he entered and despairs. Then Saya, a girl he was attracted to in college, belatedly joins their group. And from the reunion with Saya, Harutoshi's night in hell begins.
A graduate from Kyushu University, School of Design, Kayano engages in filmmaking primarily in Fukuoka. In recent years, he has directed the hacker story The Jellyfish Incident (19), among others. A "Kayano Takayuki Collection" screening of his short films was held at the 2020 Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival.
"Journey Beyond the Night" is a road movie depicting the magnificence and nuisance of the power of imagination. It would make me happy if you enjoyed the natural grandeur of Kyushu's Saga Prefecture and the protagonist's bloody confrontations.
©︎"Yoruwo Koeru Tabi" Film Partners