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Can a candidate with no political experience and no charisma win an election if he is backed by the political giant Prime Minister Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party? This cinema-verite documentary closely follows a heated election campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, revealing the true nature of "democracy."



  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Kazuhiro Soda
  • Editing
    Kazuhiro Soda
  • Duration
    119 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Japan
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlin International Film Festival (Forum)
    • SXSW
    • Cinema du Reel
    • Fribourg Film Festival
    • Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival
    • Barcelona Asian Film Festival
    • Sydney Film Festival
    • Asian American Film Festival, New York
    • Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival, South Korea
    • Cinemanila Film Festival, Philippines
    • Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Japan
    • Rome Asian Film Festival
    • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan
    • Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival, Denmark
    • Leeds Film Festival, UK
    • Nantes 3 Continents Film Festival, France
    • Nippon Koma Film Festival, Portugal
    • Festival Film Dokumenter, Indonesia
    • Watch Docs Human Rights in Film, Poland
    • Rencontres Cinema de Manosque, France
    • Punto de Vista, Spain
    • Festival of Tetouan, Morocco
    • Japanese Film Festival for Visual Anthropology and Documentary Film, Lebanon & Syria
    • Gdansk DocFilm Festival, Poland
    • Ashikaga Moving Image Festival, Japan
  • Awards
    • Winner - Peabody Award 2008
    • Best Film - 2009 Belgrade Int. Documentary Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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