There are about a million of Japanese youths who stay hidden away in their own house, and cut themselves off from all kinds of social interaction for several years. These individuals are called ‘hikikomori’ who represent the ‘lost generation’, a generation looking for another lifestyle that is more independent and free. Located in one of Tokyo’s suburbs, there is a center called ‘New Start’ that is set up for around thirty young ‘hikikomori’ who are fighting in order to be re – socialize into the society.
Directed by Dorothée Lorang and David Beautru (Machine Machine), this documentary shows intimate portraits of these youths, where they discuss the reasons why they were enclosed and gradually reveal their dreams for the future. A film, that shows a different side of contemporary Japan. Check out Hikokomori, a deafening silence – teaser below.