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Problems between friends, bullying, cyber bullying, lawsuits, religion, family problems, youth problems, adult problems...
Many kinds of problem weigh down upon people’s spirits.
This human drama questions contemporary society.
Press is a story of young people overwhelmed by social discord and their surroundings.
The film concisely depicts multiple factors underlying this situation. These are things that could affect any of us.
People tend to clam up and stop communicating when depressed or upset. It is also not uncommon for people to note the expression on an individual's face and decide to leave them alone, even if the individual concerned does not actually consider their problem to be serious. The events in this film are no exaggeration. Rather, they are emblematic of a modern disease, in which a family and those surrounding it slip into a negative momentum.
How to address the problem of communication breakdown is a question with great value and meaning for contemporary society.
"Despite being family, friends or colleagues..."
The breakdown of human relationships is not instantaneous; it happens gradually as communication gaps widen.
The growth of the internet and the rise of the information society cause events that, although seemingly small, can act as triggers to disturb the minds of individuals and break family ties. This film is a human drama that uses images of a breakdown in family relations to ask just what is needed in today's society.
Press deliberately does not provide any solutions. This allows the audience to focus on the consequences of a lack of communication. We hope that you will think about the course of events leading up to the film's conclusion, and find the solution within yourself.
Kumi, 18, hit her father and no longer goes to school. She spends her days on a riverbank, which is also the favorite place of 28-year-old hostess Ryo, who owes money to Kumi's father, Daikou. Even though Kumi considers Ryo, her father's mistress, to be a sworn enemy, she begins to feel something of a connection with her and so comes to the riverbank
to see her. Ryo hates Daikou for suddenly demanding she give back all the money he had given her, but despite this she too begins to feel a connection to Kumi, in whom she sees something of her own past.
One day, Kumi meets Riyu, 17, a victim of online bullying. Unlike Kumi, Riyu continues to go to school despite a falling out with her ex-best friend, Saki. Kumi's indifference proves strangely enticing to Riyu.
Kumi and her mother, Kasumi, 40, stopped communicating with each other a long time ago. Kumi is cold to her mother, whose mental state gradually deteriorates, but at the same time does not know how to express herself.
Daikou struggles with an impending lawsuit against him. Kasumi tries to revive her family by behaving as if everything was normal. Saki wishes she could make up with Riyu. All of their thoughts intertwine.
For Kumi time has stopped since she hit her father. Riyu suffers as she tries to graduate high school. Ryo projects her own past onto Kumi’s present.
Will they manage to get their lives back on track?