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Code Name: Nagasaki tells the story of Marius and Fredrik, two young men who forged their friendship through filmmaking and decided to put their skills to a unique challenge: finding Marius’ long lost Japanese mother. 

Marius and Fredrik’s friendship has always revolved around movies. Over the years they have made a series of films together, with Fredrik behind the camera and Marius as actor, all stemming from their mutual love of b-movies and genre films. Now, for the first time in their careers, they have decided to make a documentary and base their work on something a little bit closer to home; Marius’ missing mother, who left him when he was only five years old, moved back to Japan, and never kept in touch.   

After years living with only photographs and the stories he has been told about her, he has decided to try to track her down and meet her again for the first time in over 25 years.     

Starting out with nothing but old pictures and a birth certificate, Marius begins his search for his mother, through the Japanese Embassy all the way to hiring a private investigator in Tokyo and finally leaving for  Japan. All the while, Fredrik and Marius continue to fuse their creative collaboration with Marius' personal search. By fictionalizing the complex dilemmas facing Marius in his quest, both Fredrik and Marius delve deep and explore different aspects and expectations   

Follow along on a wild journey across the globe that will put the two men's friendship to the test and bring a mother and a son face to face again, after almost three decades apart.     

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Norway
Release date (international):
2021-02-12
Production company:
GOfilm as
Co production company:
Aldeles AS
Financing company:
Filmkraft Rogaland
Vestnorsk Filmsenter AS
Norwegian Film Institute
Fond for lyd og bilde
Fritt Ord Foundation
Executive producer:
Torstein Grude
Producer:
Gunhild Oddsen
Co producer:
Elin Sander
Film consultant:
Sigve Endresen
Lars Skorpen
Lars Løge
Even G. Benestad
Jesper Bergom-Larsson

Director

  • Fredrik S. Hana

    Fredrik S. Hana (b. 1986) is a filmmaker from Stavanger, Norway. His short films and music videos have been screened all over the world, among them the award winning "Sister Hell", "Autumn Harvest" and "Angst, Piss & Drid". Hana is restless soul, always exploring new genres, styles and narrative experiments to tell personal stories in fantastic, otherworldly landscapes.  

    Fredrik S. Hana

Cast

Himself:
Marius K. Lunde
Himself:
Fredrik S. Hana

Awards

2021:
Slamdance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries

Festivals

2021:
Slamdance Film Festival
2021:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
2021:
Imagine Film Festival (Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival)
2021:
DocLands Documentary Film Festival
2021:
Oslo Pix
2021:
Istanbul Film Festival
2021:
North Bend Film Festival
2021:
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
2021:
Nordisk Panorama
2021:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
2021:
FilmQuest Festival

Crew

Director:
Fredrik S. Hana
Screenplay:
Fredrik S. Hana
Marius K. Lunde
Cinematographer:
Christer B. Runde
Camera:
Christer B. Runde
Fredrik S. Hana
Editor:
Fredrik S. Hana
Composer:
Anders Hana
ProductionDesigner:
Fredrik S. Hana
Marius K. Lunde
Set Decorator:
Fredrik S. Hana
Marius K. Lunde
Prop Master:
Fredrik S. Hana
Marius K. Lunde
Costume Designer:
Fredrik S. Hana
Marius K. Lunde
Makeup artist:
Michael Wallin
Sound Design:
Nils Viken
Sound Recording:
Jan Erik Hagevold
Animator:
Mikael Tabutiaux
Mariell Fotland
Torjus Førre Erfjord
Marius K. Lunde
Fredrik S. Hana

Technical information

Genre:
Hybrid
Drama
Comedy
Format:
DCP 4k
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Black and White
Length in mins:
70'
Language:
Norwegian
Japanese
English
Subtitles:
English

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