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Focus: East Asian Films Now

Winny

Japan 2023 127min DCP Color feature Fiction 12
Overview

In the early days of the Internet, a case arises from an innovative software and the developer is falsely arrested by the police. This film is based on the true story of the men who fought against the authorities to protect the future and the rights of engineers.

Review

Winny is a collaborative work created by young Japanese director MATSUMOTO Yusaku and actor Higashide Masahiro and is based on the Winny incident that created a sensation in Japanese society in the early 2000s. Winny is peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software without a specific server, developed in 2002 by Kaneko Isamu, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo. Winny acquired immense popularity, but the illegal uploading and downloading of films, music, and games through this software became a social issue. The Japanese police arrested those illegally uploaded files and charged Kaneko Isamu with assisting copyright infringement. He is not aware of the world outside computer technology and is in a situation where he might become a victim of prosecutors and the police. Winny not only attempts to prove his innocence through heated legal battles in court but also criticizes mainstream Japanese society that tends to suppress exceptional, so-called standout people. (MOON Seok)

CREDIT
  • DirectorMATSUMOTO Yusaku
  • ProducerITO Chikara, FUJII Koji, KIM San
  • ScreenplayMATSUMOTO Yusaku, KISHI Kentaro
  • CinematographyKISHI Kentaro
  • GafferTAMAGAWA Naoto
  • Production DesignARIMURA Kenshi
  • MusicTAI Motoyoshi
  • EditorTAMAKI Genta
  • SoundITO Hironori
CastHIGASHIDE Masahiro, MIURA Takahiro, YOSHIOKA Hidetaka
FILM SOURCE
Media Castle Corp. |mediacastle_info@playmovie.net
DIRECTOR
MATSUMOTO Yusaku 
Born in 1992 in Kobe, Japan. He made his feature debut with Noise (2019). He is known for It’s All My Fault (2022).
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