Can I become a ‘somebody’ if I join a good company? Who do I want to become?
The original work is by Ryo Asai. “SOMEONE” (a.k.a.“Nanimono”) won the 148th Naoki Prize, making Asai the first author born in the Heisei era to win the award. Author Ryo Asai is talented in creating a modern atmosphere, and has contemporary sensibilities, but is also capable of cutting deep into the universal theme of good and evil, depicted through his human dramas, solidifying his position as a new talent that represents the new generation. The story shows psychological descriptions that penetrate the duality of human nature, represented by the dual personalities of the characters in real life and online. The film’s director and screenplay writer is Daisuke Miura, known for his achievements with stage performances such as winning the 50th Kishida Prize for Drama with “Potudo-ru,” directing stage performances overseas, and receiving high praise for his work as director on the movie “Love’s Whirlpool.” Miura will take on the challenge of depicting drama paralleled by job hunting and Twitter, representing a sense of tension where reality and online worlds intertwine.
Takuto Ninomiya (Takeru Satoh), University student, has begun his job-hunting at the start of the peak of job-hunting season. Takuto formerly had a best friend, Ginji Karasuma, whom he used to be a theatrical duo with. However, Ginji decided to pursue his dreams of being on stage, and dropped out of University to start the troupe known as “Poison and Biscuits,” creating distance between the two. Takuto carries out his job-hunting activities while cooperating with his roommate Kotaro Kamiya (Masaki Suda), who is a member of a band club, Kotaro’s ex-girlfriend Mizuki Tanabe (Kasumi Arimura), whom Takuto secretly is in love with, Mizuki’s study abroad friend, Rika Kobayakawa (Fumi Nikaido), that coincidentally lives in the room above Takuto, and Rika’s artist-type boyfriend who refuses to participate in job hunting, Takayoshi Miyamoto (Masaki Okada). The five gather at Rika’s apartment, calling it the “Job-Hunting Headquarters.” “Who do I want to be?” “Who am I now?” The five ask themselves these questions while taking part in their job-hunting activities using their own unique methods, believing that if they can get a job, they can become a special “somebody”...
During this process, the five tweet their thoughts and struggles, but that is merely the side they choose to reveal. As the five spend time together, they start to become disgusted with the stances and the way other members take on their job-hunting activities. As they struggle to successfully find a job, their relationship begins to suffer.
Amidst all that, Mizuki first gets hired at a major communications company. The five gather to celebrate. Mizuki preaches to Takayoshi, who laughs at job-hunting and remains stagnant, hammering home the importance of at least trying to move forward. Takayoshi is at a loss for words. Takuto sympathizes with Mizuki, and defends her. Takuto still has feelings for Mizuki, but Mizuki is still unable to forget about Kotaro.
Eventually, Kotaro gets hired at a medium-sized publishing company, but Takuto still has yet to find a job.
As their differences grow, the relationship between the five gradually changes. What they see is each other’s hidden sides. The shocking truth that involves even the audience is revealed......
- Daisuke Miura
- Original Story
- Ryo Asai
- Genki Kawamura
- Daisuke Miura
- Takeru Satoh
- Release Date in Japan