The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed
"Finish the film, preferably with a happy ending. Preferably with a happy ending."
Those were my friend's last words---.
A musician who took his own life in the midst of his dream, his younger classmates who adore him, and his friend, a film director, are interwoven in this beautiful and radical coming-of-age documentary that pierces the heart.
In December 2010, Ota, a fledgling filmmaker, lost a friend to suicide.
His name was Sota Masuda. Ota, who had been filming Sota and his bandmate Kurando Tominaga for some time, was shocked to learn that Sota was so talented in music that he won a teenage band contest and had a strong dream of becoming a musician.
On the other hand, Kurando, who was invited by Sota to join a band but did not know what he wanted to do, gradually separates from Sota and begins to find his own place in the world by finding a job....
This film is a documentary about these three young people.
Basic information of the work
- Screening time
1,800 yen (tax included) / month 30,000 yen (tax included) / year * Other benefits are available
- Documentary Theater
Accessibility of this work
Artist’s original barrier-free version
Friendly cinema screenings
The director is Shingo Ota, known for his diverse activities, including participation as an actor in Chelfitsch organized by Toshiki Okada.
He is known for his diverse activities, including his participation as an actor in Chelfitsch, organized by Toshiki Okada. This first feature film honestly confronts Sota’s last wish, “Finish the film, preferably with a happy ending,” and interweaves fictional shots to explore “what is expression and what is freedom.
The film was entered in the New Asian Currents section of the YIDFF(Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival)2013 and Nippon Connection (Germany).
Message from artist / creator
It has been 10 years since its completion, but I am proud to say that it is a work that will never fade away.
We hope you will enjoy it.
Born in 1985, Nagano Prefecture. Ota graduated from Waseda University School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Waseda University, where he studied philosophy and narratology. “Graduation” received an award at Image Forum Festival 2010. His first full-length documentary film “The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed” (2013) was presented at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2013 and distributed in 12 countries over the world. Other works include, “Fragile” (2014) with direction and acting, a short film “Sunrise Vibration” (2021), a documentary film “Imagination” (2021) and TV series “Food Trucker Minami Minegishi” (8 episodes broadcasted from July 12th). Since his first appearance on stage for “Five days in March” by chelfitsch in Hong Kong (2010), he continues his career as an actor. He has appeared in stage works like “Crazy Honey” produced by PARCO (2011) and “Unfulfilled Ghost and Monster” produced by KAAT (2021) and in TV series “To Give a Dream” (WOWOW, 2015) and “Tokyo Kaiki Sake” (TV Tokyo, 2021).
In 2000, Masuda led the rock band Okiyanpi to the national championship in the TEENS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL, a music contest for teenagers sponsored by the Yamaha Music Foundation. He went on to win numerous awards and showed great promise at a young age, but without the opportunity to make his professional debut, he began to agonize over life itself, and in December 2010, he chose to die. The songs he wrote were never released to the world before his death, but his best album “Knocking on the Door of Life” was released to coincide with the release of this film.
Cast:Souta Masuda,Kurando Tominaga, Shingo Ota