Beyond The Bridge

"Beyond The Bridge" Sotho Kulikar

INTRODUCTION

After her directorial debut film The Last Reel, Sotho Kulikar has chosen this time to set the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge (Chroy Changvar Bridge) in Phnom Penh at the center of her film, and created a love story that connects her homeland of Cambodia to Japan through times of civil war to reconstruction. The lead actor Masaya Kato has appeared in many Asian films. In this film he superbly shows the contrast in the protagonist in his youth when he was involved in the construction of the bridge and at a later stage of life. His opposite, Chumvan Sodhachivy has appeared in many international dance and theater productions as a dancer. Kulikar herself appears as Sotheary. The film includes documentary footage of the civil war, which barely exists in the country.

STORY

In 1994, the reconstruction of the "Japanese Bridge" in Phnom Penh is complete after two years. Fukuda, the president of the Japanese company that oversaw the reconstruction, stands by the bridge and remembers the time he spent in Cambodia. It was a couple of decades ago when he came here to build the bridge. He fell in love with beautiful Mealea and promised her that they would get married and live in Japan together. However, as the Khmer Rouge gained power, his father made him return for fear of safety. Twenty years later, Fukuda stands by the bridge and wonders if Mealea is still alive.

CAST

Fukuda: Masaya Kato
Fukuda: Masaya Kato

Masaya Kato started his career as a model for fashion magazine Men’s Non-No and the Paris Collection before he turned to acting. He has appeared in numerous television programs, theater productions, and Japanese and international films including Christophe Gans’ Crying Freeman (1996), Takeshi Kitano’s Brother (2001), Gordon Chan’s Okinawa Rendez-vous (2001), Takashi Miike’s Agitator (2002), Yang Yun-ho's Fighter in the Wind (2004), and Tung-Shing Yee’s Shinjuku Incident (2009). In addition to Takashi Miike’s Terra Formars and Yukihiko Tsutsumi's Sanada 10 Braves, Kato also has four more films to be released in 2016. He is star of Bô no Kanashimi (Hidehiro Ito) due to be released in November, 2016.

Mealea: Chumvan Sodhachivy
Mealea: Chumvan Sodhachivy

Chumvan Sodhachivy is proficient in Cambodian folk dance and shadow puppetry, and began training in Cambodian classical dance in 1994, focusing mainly on the male role in the all-female classical court form. In 2006 Sodhachivy was accepted into Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center International Summer Arts Program, where she studied contemporary dance. Since then, she has participated in numerous contemporary dance workshops around the world. She has been a featured dancer in many works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chan and Alco Lents and toured internationally. Sodhachivy has also choreographed many dances. More recently she was a featured dancer in Stravinsky’s “Persephone,” directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Amon Miyamoto's “The Terrace of the Leper King”, based on the work by Yukio Mishima.