Short Film Review: Outsourcing (2021) by Yuichiro Sakashita

Mockumentaries have been the newest development in Asian cinema particularly, with various administrators presenting movies that appear to be they’re actual, however are utterly fictional. With the assist of Housen Cultural Basis, Yuichiro Sakashita presents his personal work within the class, in a mode although, that appears extra like an promoting infomercial than a documentary, thus straying away from no matter norm the style may even have.

Outsourcing is screening at Osaka Asian Film Festival

HR Rep Miyagawa of JobLink Inc. is the presenter of the informercial, which focuses on selling outsourcing of hiring new staff to a recruitment company. The movie intersperses his speak, with “testimonies” of the outsourcing firm, and various potential staff, most of that are interviewed remotely as a consequence of Covid measures. Finally, Miyagawa presents the folks he employed as a testomony to the success of outsourcing, however quickly realizes that one thing is amiss.

Yuichiro Sakashita directs a hilarious brief, which appears to mock various fashionable practices within the company surroundings, and notably the HR sector. Evidently, the idea of outsourcing is the primary focus of the jokes right here, however the identical applies to the distant communication, the ways candidates for work implement, because the recipe for fulfillment in job interviews is a scorching matter these days, and the way corporations nonetheless must cope with politeness even with the strangest candidates, as within the case of Mr Okazaki.

Aside from context, the entire presentation of the film is quite entertaining, with the succession of various scenes truly including to the comedy in a wonderful work within the enhancing division, whereas the entire infomercial aesthetics, with the deliberately polished cinematography and the names of the folks on focus offered on display screen for instance, whereas often uttering absurd issues, additionally provides to this method. Moreover, the important thing presence of Sara Ogawa provides a actuality present component, once more in mockumentary type, together with a quite hilarious twist, along with her and Tomoya Maeno as Miyagawa standing out with their performances.

The funniest scene nonetheless, comes when Miyagawa decides to confront the outsourcing firm, with the 2 males holding the glass window being quite hilarious, in a quite neatly shot scene.

“Outsourcing” is a really entertaining, very clever brief, that exemplifies the inventive and contextual worth of the entire class of the mockumentary.



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