Bucheon Choice: Features

Whale Bones

OE Takamasa|Japan|2022|88min |World Premiere |15+

Code Time Theater Rate GV
501 7/3  10:30 - 11:58 Bucheon City Hall Main Theater 15
734 7/5  19:30 - 20:58 CGV Sopung 5 15 GV
501 7/3  10:30 - 11:58Bucheon City Hall Main Theater
734 7/5  19:30 - 20:58CGV Sopung 5
15  GV

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Program Note

Recently dumped by his fiancée, Mamiya meets a girl on a dating app. However, when he comes out of the shower, the girl is dead on his bed. Upset Mamiya decides to bury the body in the woods, however it mysteriously disappears from his car trunk... When he finds out that she is a popular influencer of the SNS called “Mimi”, he follows her footsteps which she left on Mimi, and slowly becomes attracted to the girl who turns out to be just as lonely as he is.

Program Note

Mamiya, who receives a sudden breakup notification while discussing marriage plans with his fiancée, collapses. Following a colleague’s recommendation, Mamiya meets a high school student through a dating app and takes her home. While Mamiya is showering, the girl dies. In a state of shock, Mamiya tries to bury the body in the forest, but it disappears. In the midst of the chaos, Mamiya meets a group of individuals who explain that the girl is an influencer and that he can meet her again through the app.
Whale Bones, written by Oe Takamasa, co-screenwriter of Drive My Car (2021), showcases exceptional storytelling that delves into the depths of the public psyche, where people become so immersed that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for peanuts in the digital world. As stated in the prologue, “Small creatures cling to the bones of a whale sunk in the deep sea, absorbing nutrients and flashing like street lights at night. But once they have devoured everything, both the organisms and the light vanish.” Similarly, those who are revered may only shine as remnants through the individuals who revere them. (Ellen Y. D. KIM)


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OE Takamasa

Born 1981. After graduating from Kinki University where he studied the performing arts, he established a theater corporate ‘Skyfish’ and built his career as a playwriter. He wrote and directed Nice to Meet You (2011), earned rave review from Kurosawa Kiyoshi and Aoyama Shinji, and screened at several film festivals. Drive My Car (2021), which he co-wrote with Hamaguchi Ryusuke, earned him Best Screenplay at the Cannes International Film Festival.


Producer KATAYAMA Takeshi, KONDO Tamon
Screenplay OE Takamasa, KIKUCHI Kaito
Cinematographer YONEKURA Shin
Editor NISHIYAMA Michihiko
Sound SAKAGUCHI Nagomu
Music WATANABE Takuma
Production Design TANAKA Tomoko
Cast OCHIAI Motoki, Ano