Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen composed the music for Daisuke Miyazaki’s “Tourism” and have now shot an experimental/surrealist Japanese-language feature set in Tokyo, mostly featuring non-professional cast of indie and avant-garde musicians and artists in Japan. The Malaysian filmmaker Lim Kah Wai also makes an appearance in the film
In Tokyo, a young man Tomo, dogged by misfortune, sets out to beat his existence to its next punchline, together with Hiroko who obsesses over a stranger’s old scrapbook. They agree to head into all the encounters that come their way, on a plan to decipher the parts of the whole and outwit this joke before it plays out. Their trip through signs, sounds and situations dives them into another side of the city – a maze of subcultures and surreal lingerings in the air. Setting off events far beyond his imagination, Tomo winds up finding his answers at the bottom of something entirely bizarre. A gonzo tale of being in the world, the individual will and the deciphering of signs.
The film will be having its World Premiere at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival on November 26.