'The Town of Headcounts is an impressive debut feature from director Shinji Araki, a sharp satirical dystopian film that touches on various facets of Japanese society.' - Adam Symchuk, Asian Movie Pulse

Pursued by loan sharks, Aoyama is rescued by a mysterious man in yellow overalls who offers him the opportunity of a better life in an isolated unnamed town - a perpetual holiday resort, controlled by airport-style security, sonic defences, and a code of conduct called 'The Bible'. Part dystopian conspiracy thriller, part prescient societal warning, Shinji Araki’s stylised debut intelligently dissects society’s compulsion for instant gratification and corporately-controlled decision-making. Do we want to live in a world where every need is catered for, but that’s also a prison of inauthentic morality?

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Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema is a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.