Chime

Matsuoka is a teacher at a culinary school. One day, his student Tashiro says something strange during class: “There’s a noise, it’s like a chime. Someone is sending me a message.” The school administration warns Matsuoka that Tashiro is a little strange. Tashiro then announces that half of his brain has been replaced by a machine and resorts to drastic measures to prove it. In class a few days after this incident, a female student called Akemi expresses discomfort at the way the sight of a whole chicken makes her feel. Matsuoka is filled with a vague sense of unease. A strange horror starts to creep into his life, both at school and at home.
by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
with Mutsuo Yoshioka, Tomoko Tabata, Ikkei Watanabe
Japan 2024 Japanese 45' Colour World premiere

With

  • Mutsuo Yoshioka (Takuji Matsuoka)
  • Tomoko Tabata (Haruko Matsuoka)
  • Ikkei Watanabe (Makoto Otsuki)

Crew

DirectorKiyoshi Kurosawa
ScreenplayKiyoshi Kurosawa
CinematographyKoichi Furuya
EditingAzusa Yamazaki
MusicTakuma Watanabe
SoundNorihito Sorimachi
Sound DesignNorihito Sorimachi, Miki Normura
Production DesignHidetoshi Ando
CostumesNaomi Shimizu
Make-UpRyoko Ariji
CastingYuriko Kitada
ProducersMisaki Kawamura, Hideyuki Okamoto, Miyuki Tanaka

Produced by

Roadstead

Tokio, Japan

Sunborn

Tokio, Japan

C&I Entertainment

Tokio, Japan

World Sales

Nikkatsu Corporation

Tokio, Japan

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Born in Kōbe in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan in 1955. He shot his first 8mm films while studying sociology and made his feature film debut in 1983 with The Kandagawa Pervert Wars. His film License to Live screened in the 1999 Berlinale Forum. His TV miniseries Penance was presented at the Venice, Toronto and Busan film festivals as well as in cinemas. He received the Best Director award in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for Journey to the Shore. His film Creepy was invited to the Berlinale Special in 2016; Foreboding premiered in Panorama in 2018.

Filmography (selection)

1983 Kandagwa inran sensô (The Kandagawa Pervert Wars) 1997 Kyua (Cure) 1999 Karisuma (Charisma) · Ningen Gôkaku (License to Live) · Ôinaru Gen'ei (Barren Illusion) 2001 Kairo (Pulse) 2003 Akarui mirai (Bright Future) · Dopperugengâ (Doppelgänger) 2005 Rofuto (Loft) 2008 Tôkyô sonata 2012 Shokuzai (Penance); TV series 2013 Riaru: Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryû No Hi (Real) · Sebunsu Kôdo (Seventh Code) 2014 Kishibe No Tabi (Journey to the Shore) 2016 Kurîpî: Itsuwari No Rinjin (Creepy) · Dagereotaipu No Onna (Daguerrotype) 2017 Sanpo Suru Shinryakusya (Before We Vanish) · Yocho (Foreboding) 2019 Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari (To the Ends of the Earth) 2020 Supai no Tsuma (Wife of a Spy) 2024 Chime

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Dates

A Kind of Freedom
Mon Feb 19 19:15

International

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Tue Feb 20 10:30

Cubix 8

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Thu Feb 22 13:00

Zoo Palast 2

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Sat Feb 24 21:30

Colosseum 1

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