Just when you thought you’ve predicted the story, Pink and Gray strays from movie formulae and turns everything on its head with a clever twist. Not only does the perspective change half-way through, the film even switches from full colour to black-and-white.
Director Isao Yukisada (Crying Out Love in the Center of the World) takes a standard fame-and-jealousy drama and creates an arthouse film brimming with mystery. Featuring charismatic performances by newcomer Yuto Nakajima (Hey! Say! JUMP!) and Masaki Suda (The Light Shines Only There, Princess Jellyfish).
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Pink and Gray
Pink and Gray opens with an ending: movie star Gotchi slips a noose around his neck and seals his own fate. He leaves his best friend Riba to discover his body, alongside six envelopes, each containing a different suicide note. He instructs Gotchi to pick only one letter to report to the police and the press. And if Riba follows his instructions, his suicide should help catapult Riba into fame.
Bent on understanding the truth behind Gotchi’s untimely death, an anguished Riba retraces their friendship and investigates what went wrong.