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8,000 Miles: SR Saitama’s Rapper

Written & Directed by Yu Irie
  • 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 – NETPAC AWARD –

8,000 Miles was self-distributed theatrically on a small scale by the filmmaker himself.  After receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences, the film spread to additional theaters, gradually blossoming into a film rivaling studio releases in popularity as one of the top Japanese films of 2009. 


Fukaya is an area in northern Saitama that doesn’t have a place for live music, or even a record store. Ikku (Shoukai Komakine) is a NEET (not engaged in employment, education, or training) who strolls through the streets of his small town, dreaming of someday becoming a famous rapper. Friends Tom (Shingo Mizusawa) and Mighty (Shoukai Okuno) supposedly record original tracks in their top secret recording studio, but in reality Tom spends all his time working at a strip club and Mighty is kept very busy with his family’s broccoli business.
One day, their former classmate Chinatsu (MIHIRO) returns home from Tokyo after having quit high school early to become an AV (porn video) actress. A seemingly trivial encounter with Chinatsu gradually begins to erode Ikku’s confidence that he can succeed as a rapper. Because of this, he eventually loses hope, puts away his hip-hop clothes, and gets a normal job at a yakiniku restaurant. Saitama’s young, untalented rappers continue fumbling their way through everyday life in this youth movie that’s both sad and funny.

Director's Profile : Yu Irie

Born in 1979. Saitama, Japan. He produced "OBSESSION" (2003) and "SEVEN DRIVES" (2004) nominated to competition at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. He founded his production company NORAINU FILM which mainly produces a movie also, he has served as a playwright and stage director on theatrical company NORAINU BULLET since 2008. His main production works are "Cream Lemon: Madoll" (2007) and "Japonica virus" (2007), etc. His work "8000 Miles" won the grand prix with Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2009. It also won NETPAC AWARD at 13th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.


HD /Japanese/Color/DTS Stereo/80min/2010
Written & Directed by Yu Irie
© 8000 Miles Film Partners


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