A fun independent film which features precious few boring moments. Also original and quirky. Everyone in the making of this film – cast, director, writer, cinematographer – seems to be determined to have fun while working. It comes across in every frame.
In Kyoto, a man named Kato lives right above the cafe he owns. His life revolves around three things – the cafe, playing in his band and thinking about the girl who works in the cafe next to his. In other words, he lives a very normal life. That is until a technological anomaly changes everything.
Kato discovers that the computer screens in his cafe and apartment show him what is going to happen two minutes in the future. He and his friends call it Time Tv and begin to play around with how it can benefit them.
Amazingly this film was shot in one take and with an iPhone. In these times of pandemic and filmmakers having to adapt the making of movies like this by Junta Yamaguchi. He uses a lot of creativity rather than money to bring to life his idea. The fact that it was done in one continuous shot is really impressive especially when it comes to certain scenes like the ones towards the end with the mirrors.
Tempo-wise the film whips through its 70 minute run time without making you feel like director Yamaguchi is rushing things or leaving things out. Even though it is a short film it still gives each of its characters the room needed to show their thoughts and emotions.
Within all the fun there is a message being conveyed here. It is a film which aims to warn us about the modern world we live in. That it is probably not wise to know the future. That technology should not be used to get us ahead in certain ways. We should accept our limits in certain areas.