The Kirishima Thing is a 2012 Japanese film, which was awarded Excellence Film at the 67th Mainichi Film Awards as well as Best Director at the 37th Hochi Film Awards in 2012. The film won Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year as well as received several nominations. It has been screened worldwide, including Thailand in 2015. While The Kirishima Thing is not screened in any major film festivals and never wins any awards in well-known film competitions, the author is of a view that this film well reflects the whole society and its impacts on the human life. Particularly, the film depicts the self- searching’s high school students through a seemingly central character called “Kirishima” who hardly appears in any scene. In order to gain further insights into the use of space, this article analyses the film with narrative theory, formal criticism, and contextual criticism. In an attempt to do so, this article plans to explore space so as to explore human relationships from small to large scales while questioning about the society progressing absurdly in which everyone lives a life just the way it is.
Paninya Paksa, Bangkok University, Thailand