Title : Apprentice of WizardRunning Time : 40 min
Genre : Drama
Screen Size : HD (16:9)
Sound Processing : Stereo
[ Directed by ] Ken Otsuka
[ Produced by ] Ken Otsuka
The father named Reo is a popular portrait painter. The daughter Shigeko admires him and aspires to be a painter. But Shigeko fails the entrance examinations to an art university. Reo rages against his daughter, which deteriorates their relationship. Ten years later, Shigeko goes back home and starts living together with her father again…
“Apprentice of Wizard” is a film that depicts “how a father and a daughter who have a deteriorated relationship build up a new relationship”.
I myself have started to think recently, as I interact with my second-grader daughter, “Will I be getting along with my daughter ten and twenty years later? When she becomes adolescent, our opinions may differ, and especially because we are a parent and a child, there may be a time when I cannot help but rage against her.”
Not applying only to me, many fathers in the world must be having the same worries universally. The parent-child relationship, especially the relationship between a father and a daughter generally may be more fragile and easier to come apart at the seams, compared to the mother-daughter relationship. It is because the existence of a father tends to be weakened when you compare a father who is away from home at the workplace during the daytime and a mother who is always close by and takes care of the child. Through this film, I would like to send a message to those fathers that they should try something in desperation instead of giving up the relationship with their daughters.
Also, I would like all the “daughters” who have hard feelings against their fathers to see this film. What your fathers are doing might be irrelevant and awkward, but their emotions for you are never inferior to those of mothers. I want you to watch this film and believe that fathers can sometimes show you a miraculous magic all because they are desperate not knowing what to do.
Furthermore, I would like to share with the audience through the pictures, the beautiful and healing sceneries of Onishi, Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture and Kamikawa Town, Kodama District, Saitama Prefecture and the rich way of life of the people living there. – Ken Otsuka, Director
Translation by Wakana Goto 後藤わか奈
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