They say nothing stays the same / Aru sendo no hanashi

They say nothing stays the same / Aru sendo no hanashi

Dir : Joe Odagiri / Japan / 137 minutes / Japanese / 2019


Toichi is a boatman who ferries the villagers to a town on the other side of the river. Besides rowing a boat for the villagers all day long, he barely have a communication with others except Genzo, a young neighbor. In the upstream of the river, a large bridge is being constructed. Everybody is excited, but Toichi has mixed feelings about it. One day, Toichi meets a mysterious young girl. Having no family and no place to go, Toichi let her stay with him but this encounter starts to bring about changes to Toichi’s life…..

Director biography and filmography:

Born in 1976 in Okayama, Japan, Joe Odagiri started his career as an actor in 2000, and acted the main role of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Bright Future (a.k.a. Jellyfish)”, which was selected in the competition of Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Since then he has been acting in various films including the films by world renowned filmmakers, such as Seijun Suzuki’s “Princess Raccoon”(2005), Miwa Nishikawa’s “Sway”(2006), Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Bugmaster”(2006), Kim Kiduk’s “Dream”(2007), Yu Lik-wai’s “Plastic City”(2007), Tian Zhuang-zhuang’s “The Warrior and the Wolf”(2009), Kang Je-gyu’s “My Way”(2011), Kohei Oguri’s “FOUJITA”(2015), Jenny Suen & Christopher Doyle’s “The White Girl”(2017) and Lou Ye’s “Saturday Fiction”(2019). In 2009, he directed a middle-length film “Looking for the Cherry Blossoms”, which was selected in Rotterdam Film Festival. “THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME” is his first feature-length film as the director.


Director, Scriptwriter – Joe Odagiri
Executive Producer – Naoya Kinoshita
Producers – Shozo Ichiyama, Takuro Nagai, Yusaku Nakajima
Director of Photography – Christopher Doyle
Music Composer – Tigran Hamasyan
Sound – Mitsugu Shiratori
Editors – Masaya Okazaki, Joe Odagiri


Akira Emoto, Ririka Kawashima, Nijiro Murakami, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Jun Murakami, Yu Aoi, Tadanobu Asano, Takashi Sasano,  Mitsuko Kusabue, Haruomi Hosono, Masatoshi Nagase, Isao Hashizume