Following Kumakiri Kazuyoshi's Sketches of Kaitan City
and Oh Mipo's The Light Shines Only There
, Yamashita Nobuhiro (La La La At Rock Bottom
) adapts another Akutagawa Prize-nominated story by Sato Yasushi into a compelling portrait of the weary, entrapped lives of those on the socioeconomic margins in the northern seaside city of Hakodate. Starring Odagiri Joe, Aoi Yu and Matsuda Shota, Over the Fence
is based on Sato's own experiences at a vocational school during the low point of his writing career.
After separating from his wife, Shiraiwa (Odagiri Joe) returns to his hometown and enrolls in a vocational training program. There he meets various other men whose lives aren't going anywhere. Every day is just a listless cycle for Shiraiwa until friend Daijima (Matsuda Shota) brings him to a hostess bar where he meets Satoshi (Aoi Yu), a peculiar, captivating young woman who likes to imitate birds. The two fall for each other, but they can't move forward if they don't confront their past traumas and present turmoil.
This edition comes with a booklet and a bonus DVD of special features including Yamashita documentary, Hakodate preview screening, Tokyo premiere, stage greetings, Busan Film Festival digest and trailers.