Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024
第19回大阪アジアン映画祭「ハーフタイム」Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024 Half Time

Half Time

ハーフタイム [中場休息]

The precarious position of technical interns in Japan is examined in Half Time, ZHANG Yaoyuan’s unsentimental follow-up film to his behind-the-show-biz-scenes documentary On Stage (2021, OAFF2022).

For Half Time, ZHANG applies a realist aesthetic to focus on the hardship of a Chinese technical intern named Qingyang. His fortunes had already been trending downwards before he reached Japan. Now, at 39 and with a kid to support in China, debts to pay off, a lack of Japanese language proficiency, and despicable brokers guiding him, he labours under a lot of stress and yet tries his best to secure a job, any job, in a series of humiliating interviews orchestrated by people keen to exploit him. Desperation, degradation, and discrimination build up as a final interview approaches and his patience runs out… [Jason MAHER]


March 6, 13:00
(Half Time will be screened from around 14:40.)
Nakanoshima Museum of Art Osaka 1F Hall

Director: ZHANG Yaoyuan
Cast: ABE Tsuyoshi

2023 | Japan, China | 29min | Japanese, Chinese | Subtitles: English, Japanese for dialogue in Chinese

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