First Look: Kanji Nakajima's Sci-Fi The Clone Returns Home
by Alex Billington
December 27, 2008
Yet another Sundance first look to keep everyone happy this weekend. In addition to all of the American films premiering at Sundance, there are a handful of foreign films premiering in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category. One of them is Japanese sci-fi film called Kurôn wa kokyô o mezasu, which in English translates to The Clone Returns Home. When a young astronaut is killed and his clone is regenerated, problems occur and the new clone escapes the lab to head home. "In the tradition of Solaris and other deeply philosophical science-fiction works, The Clone Returns Home is art cinema at its best."
You can check out four photos below. And if you speak Japanese, you can actually see a trailer on the TIFF site. I think this looks intriguing enough to try and catch at Sundance, but I'm still a bit skeptical.
Kohei, a young astronaut, agrees to participate in an experimental cloning program that will "regenerate" his body and memory should he die. So when he's killed during a space mission, scientists are able to regenerate his clone. But problems occur with its memory, which regresses to Kohei's youth and the accidental death of his twin brother. Distressed, the clone flees the lab in search of his childhood home. Along the way, he finds his own lifeless body in a space suit. Mistaking it for his brother, he continues his journey carrying the body on his back.
The Clone Returns Home aka Kurôn wa kokyô o mezasu is both written and directed by first-time Japanese filmmaker Kanji Nakajima. The film first premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October this year and will be making its North American debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it will still be looking for a distributor. Stay tuned for more information on this in 2009!
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
this sounds very promising, but it's sad that it's the foreign films that are always the best and last movies for originality, wow, American cinema sucks
Bo on Dec 27, 2008
^^^ True story. Alex, why are you "still a bit skeptical?"
Black Guy on Dec 27, 2008
I'm excited. Please keep updating us on this one.
Dan W on Dec 27, 2008
You don't have to speak Japanese to see the trailer - I strongly suggest watching it - due to the current suckage of American cinema.
Gay Guy on Dec 27, 2008
The English title is The Clone Returns To The Homeland.
Gay Guy on Dec 27, 2008
Wow this looks really good, looks like theres going to be some seriously good films appearing at sundance this year.
buddhistwisdom7 on Dec 27, 2008
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