Fly Me to the Saitama
TAKEUCHI Hideki 武内英樹
翔んで埼玉
Tonde Saitama

Japan
2019
107
Colour
English
subtitles

There is some animosity between the city of Tokyo and the neighbouring prefecture of Saitama. Tokyoites see the Saitamese as poor peasants, while the latter see the city-folk as snobbish and stuck-up. In this crowd-pleasing, colourful modern fable, the class war between city dwellers and small-town folk is sharply, but lovingly, satirised.

De inwoners van Tokio hebben over het algemeen weinig op met de inwoners van buurgemeente Saitama, en dat is geheel wederzijds. Mensen uit Tokio zien Saitamezen als lompe boeren, terwijl de Saitamezen op hun beurt Tokioërs juist zien als elitaire snobs. In dit vrolijke, kleurrijke en moderne sprookje, wordt de klassenstrijd tussen stadsbewoners en provincialen op scherpe maar liefdevolle wijze geparodieerd.

 

Director’s bio & selected filmography

TAKEUCHI Hideki is a director and producer. He is originally from Chiba Prefecture, and worked at Tokyo Disneyland before becoming a TV director. He is mostly known for his feature-length works Thermae Romae (I and II), in which he tells the story of a Roman architect who travels in time to modern Japan. His last feature, Fly Me to the Saitama, received the MyMovies (Audience) Award at the 21st Udine Far East Film Festival (2019). 2010 – Nodame Cantabile: The Movie 2012 – Thermae Romae 2018 – Tonight, at the Movies