Ten Years Japan
Akiyo Fujimura, Chie Hayakawa, Kei Ishikawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Megumi Tsuno, 2018 (98m)
Five directors tell five different stories about life in a near-future Japan. In the first, we follow a man whose job is to persuade elderly and sick people to take up a government-supported ‘population management’ programme. The second is set around a school where children are monitored constantly by artificial intelligence and punished for any disobedience - so they naturally devise a prank to bypass the system. The third short sees a teenage girl given access to the digital memories of her late mother, while the fourth examines a community forced underground due to air pollution. Finally, we get a glimpse into a world where the military draft has been reintroduced - through the perspective of one advertising designer tasked with putting together a poster campaign for the programme.