Toshiyuki Teruya’s latest feature film “Born Bone Born” has been officially invited for the out-of competition program of the 40th Moscow International Film Festival, which will be held from April 19-26, 2018. It is a feature adaptation of the director’s 2016 short film “Born, Bone, Boon,” which was awarded at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 Official Competition and SKIP CITY International D-CINEMA Festival 2017.
Born in 1972, in Naha City, Okinawa, Teruya has been performing mainly on TV programs as a comedian after dropping out from film study at the Nihon University, College of Arts. With wide-ranging talents, he is not only a movie director but also a comedian and an actor.
As a comedian, Teruya is known as Gori. In 2006, he made his directorial debut in the short film “KEIJI BOGGY.”
“Born Bone Born,” which is Teruya’s second feature film, stars “Rurouni Kenshin” actor Eiji Okuda and “Midnight Dinner” actor Michitaka Tsutsui, who co-starred in “64.” Also starring “Radiance” actress Ayame Misaki, the film depicts the baton that passes “life” from parent to child through a local ritual called senkotsu, which means bone washing.
Senkotsu is an Okinawan local ritual. The dead body aerially buried is taken out from the tomb after all the flesh is gone, and by being cleaned by close relatives, the bone is again buried in the tomb and the soul could finally leave “this world.”
The story of “Bone Born Bone” revolves around Takashi, who comes back to his hometown on Aguni Island, Okinawa for his mother’s senkotsu. His father Nobutsuna is living alone like a dead after his wife’s death.
To pay the debt for the Nobutsuna’s company, Takashi’s mother worked a lot, which is why Takashi blames his father for his mother’s death. Takashi’s sister Yuko who lives in Nagoya also comes back, but to everyone’s surprise, she is 9 months of pregnancy.
Takashi cannot accept Yuko’s freewheeling. The family is filled with the awkward mood while the day of the mother’s senkotsu is approaching.
Meanwhile, here is an interview with Teruya: