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  • Ride Forward on Your Bicycle

    (“Jitensha de ikou”)

    - 2003 / Japanese / Color / Video (Original: 35mm) / 115 min

    Director, Script, Narrator: Sugimoto Nobuaki
    Photography: Minami Yukio
    Editing: Muramoto Masaru
    Sound: Ochiai Tomonari
    Music: Terashima Takuya
    Sound Editor: Takizawa Osamu
    Producers: Komatsubara Tokio, Sumita Nozomi
    Production Company, Source: MONTAGE

    Pumyong is the salesman of a workshop for the handicapped. He pedals his bicycle around supposedly to advertise and sell merchandise made there, but . . . Along the way he drops by several places where he knows people: a takoyaki (grilled octopus dumplings) stand, a coffee shop, a workplace with fork lifts. He twists the staff members of the day care center House for Potatoes and Kids and the film crew around his little finger, and rides around Ikuno in Osaka indifferent to those around him.

    [Director’s Statement] In this country, where money has become the only way to solve complexity, Li Pumyong runs around without resentment. He is not a cheerful young man, but he lies in wait to realize his desires. For that purpose he will do anything, but he has made up an unwritten rule. Nobody can imitate him. But even if I can’t, I am proud to have met him.

    - Sugimoto Nobuaki

    Born 1956 in Niigata, Sugimoto Nobuaki worked as an assistant director at Gentosha under the helm of director Higashi Yoichi and producer Maeda Katsuhiro. Works include The Butterfly Flies—Forest (1987) and Mirage Theater (1992). He is a producer and director of visual art, and he has contributed work to exhibitions in museums and elsewhere.