For several months, strange homicides are listed in a district of Tokyo. Crimes are of rare violence and the police doesn't have the slightest clue, just the operative mode that each time looks almost identical and thus leaves to think of a serial killer.
Generally, only isolated people in the street are attacked at night. Then dismembered. Murders, constantly increasing, forcing police to impose a curfew each evening starting at 9:00 p.m.
But a strange rumor is heard in the homeless community. They claim that the murders are not the work of a serial killer but many shadows, almost invisible, lurking in the neighborhood.
Accordingly, the curfew directly threatened them, since they are now alone in the street. Police tries to calm the population, explaining that most of the homeless are mentally deficient and people should not pay too much attention to this folklore.
But the rumor is spreading, weeks after weeks. Some homeless are so terrorized as the night fall that they hung themselves. The area is henceforth nicknamed by the press "The Hanged" district.
Toshiro is 30 years old junkie addicted to a drug called "Limbo", made by a group of students in chemistry. With his growing addiction he became the "do it all" guy of those students.
One evening the group will ask him to recover an essential component for the creation of "Limbo" that only a person who lives in "The Hanged" district has in its possession. First Toshiro refuses too frightened by the sordid stories he has heard. But the group threatens to never provide him with "Limbo" if he refuses.
Slave to his addiction, Toshiro has no other choices but to accept.
The choice to shoot in Tokyo is mainly for two reasons.
The first is aesthetic, in fact Tokyo a city with its light, its huge billboards and density fits perfectly with the character psychedelic trip that he'll be going through by taking the "Limbo" drug. But also add a little "cyber-punk" touch I want to give the film.
The second is rather a social phenomenon in Japan, because the homeless are much less exposed than in other countries around the world and are sometimes victims of violence in complete ignorance fo the population.
Besides, the idea of invisible entities who attack homeless was directly inspired by this phenomenon.
Katya Mokolo X Christophe Deroo
A couple on and off sets, this project is our third collaboration that we try to bring to the screen. After filming in Paris for SKom ( see below), filming in Los Angeles for Polaris ( teaser below), this third project will take us in the busy street of Tokyo.
Katya Mokolo / Producer, Production Manager is a multi-talented artist. Those familiar with the Parisian shooting sets have probably crossed at least once in their life, first as an production assistant, now as productionmanager for films clip and advertising. with some of the greatest production in Paris
Christophe Deroo / Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Since childhood immersed in film, too tall to go unnoticed, and developing dark and nostalgic imagination, fed by references of fantasy literature, comics and genre films.
His short films are often, sometimes behind a curtain of light, the path to a dangerous land. The Hanged is a long-standing project: it is rooted in Lovecraft's novels as in the films of Lynch and his characters poorly adapted to a changing world.
With Skom and Polaris, shot last year, this project is only the tip of the iceberg, part of a much larger film project. This is also the third step towards a direction that Christophe - as anyone that has something to say - follows no matter the cost
SKOM clip ( September 2012 )
SKOM in Madmovies magazine ( January 2013 )
Polaris Teaser ( Prod - Katya Mokolo x Christophe Deroo Co-Prod - Carré Production, Firm Studio, Dadson - Executive Production - Double Entente Films - Dir Prod - Katya Mokolo - Real Christophe Deroo - Février 2013 )