Lost Harmony| 1hr : 09mins
Director: Takayuki Yamato | Producer: Takayuki Yamato
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: United States
Taka grew up in the countryside of Japan in a small town called Hanaizumi, a closeâ€knit community about 300 miles north of Tokyo. It was the early 1980s, a calm and peaceful time. People there are kind and compassionate, and the area is filled with beautiful nature. He spent hours outside running around with his friends, playing hide and seek
and catching insectsâ€¦
Sounds perfect for spending childhood, right? Well, Taka couldnâ€™t wait to get out. Growing up, Taka watched many Hollywood films and was attracted to everything he saw, from Levi's jeans and Nike sneakers to McDonaldâ€™s hamburgers. They were all cool and exciting for him. It wasn't just products that fascinated him. Ideas like America as
the land of freedom and opportunitiesâ€¦ He was completely sold by them. But when he finally came to the U.S., he realized that America is not quite the dreamland he once thought. As time went on, he began to think that Japan, while not perfect, still had many things to be proud of: a long and rich history with sacred traditions and a unique
Taka decided to take his friend Mark to Japan so that he could experience its culture and people firsthand, but instead, they witnessed what seemed like an overwhelming presence of American influence. There were countless numbers of American food chains like McDonalds, Starbucks, and KFC. Everywhere they looked there were
billboards featuring Hollywood celebrities or business signs written in English. They even found that Japan has its own Statue of Liberty!
After returning to the U.S., Taka started looking into what was happening to his country. He didn't intend for it to be anything serious, but his research took a dramatic turn when he came across evidence of the U.S. intervention in Japan's domestic affairs. Shocked by his findings, Taka decided to travel back home once again to find out the
true nature of the American and Japanese relationship. This film captures his journey in search of Japan's lost identity.
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