What it's about: It's a portrait of two married artists who completely need and love each other, but would never admit it.
What else should audiences know?: "It’s about what it means to be an artist-- the intense highs and lows, the sacrifices you make, and the realities you ultimately face. On the one hand, Noriko, who once gave up art to take care of her husband and her son, is now re-inventing herself through her work, and finally escaping Ushio’s long shadow. And on the other hand, Ushio, who gained a lot of notoriety early on in his career, but never financial success, is now in his twilight years and struggling to find his legacy and leave his mark on the art world."
On the challenges: "One huge challenge for me was figuring out when to stop filming. When your subjects are living, and their lives are the subject of the film, the story continues to unfold after shooting stops. While the film itself seems to take place over the course of about a year, in actuality, it took over 5 years to make. A lot of that time is just spent waiting for things to play out, and waiting for the seeds of change to actualize. I wanted to capture those moments, instead of trying to force or create something that didn't feel true to my subjects."
What he hopes audiences will walk away with: "Love is complicated. Relationships work or don’t work for reasons we cannot always articulate. I hope that audiences will recognize themselves in Ushio and Noriko’s story, and consider their own relationships after watching."