Grief of Japan quake laid bare in new documentary
Filming grieving survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan often earned producer Takaharu Yasuoka a shocked and angry response. Now he wants audiences to react the same way.
“311” follows four documentary filmmakers — Yasuoka, the film’s director Tatsuya Mori and their friends Takeharu Watai and Yoju Matsubayashi — as they head into the devastated areas of northeastern Japan after the massive quake.
Like the rest of the world, the group watched on as the disaster played out live on television.
“Once the disaster happened we talked to each other and we knew we had to get up there and record what had happened,” said Mori, speaking after the film’s world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.