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Director: TakayukiYoshikawa

Duration: 5 min 11 sec

Genres: Animation, Fiction, Music Video, Short



Submitted By: Takayuki Yoshikawa

Festival Rating
0:06 / 5:30 DEPARTURE short film, audience feedback June 2023 ANIMATION Film Festival

A story set in a world where God has departed and only religion remains. A lonely robot is left behind in a closed, deserted old building.
She longs to leave and explore the world outside, but her abilities are limited due to her immaturity, narrow field of vision, and difficulty in moving her body.
After a long journey to the center of the building, she attempts to install a program that will help her grow and improve her abilities.
With a successful upgrade, the robot's field of vision expands, and she experiences the beauty of the outside world.
However, her program fails halfway through her journey due to a power loss, leaving her stranded and alone, enveloped by the beautiful world and blessed only by the light of the building.

  • Directors
    Takayuki Yoshikawa
  • Producers
    Takayuki Yoshikawa
  • Writers
    Takayuki Yoshikawa
  • Film Type
    Animation, Fiction, Music Video, Short
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  • Runtime
    5 minutes 11 seconds
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  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Future Film Festival
Official Selection

Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Canada Premire
Official Selection

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
United States
Providence, RI
American Premire

Director's Statement

Aspiration Towards Evolution:
The genesis of "Departure" is deeply rooted in my experiences as a minority within society. The anxiety I felt during my childhood over my underdeveloped emotions and physical capabilities forms the core motivation behind this film.

Journey with Technology:
"Departure" delves into the intricate relationship between technology and art. It presents a visual journey through the evolution of art across history, traversing architecture, painting, and film. The latter half of the movie, in particular, showcases impressionistic expressions through a combination of hand-drawn illustrations, computer-generated imagery, and AI-assisted visuals, intuitively indicating that art evolves alongside technology, with AI acting as a catalyst in this progression.

Resonance of Visual Style and Technological Choices:
In the narrative's midst, the protagonist experiences visual transformations that symbolize the fusion of technology and humanity. This approach explores the role of technology in modern society and its impact on our perceptions, providing a mirror to our evolving relationship with technological advancements.

Embedded Message:
Through "Departure," I aim to engage the audience in a journey of self-reflection and transcendence amidst the swift changes in society. Sharing the belief that "technology, especially AI, serves as a mirror reflecting ourselves," I hope to elucidate that the anxieties and hostilities we may hold towards evolving entities mirror our introspections. This film is intended to prompt each viewer to find deeper meaning and purpose in our shared existence within this era.


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Official Trailer
0:06 / 5:30 DEPARTURE short film, audience feedback June 2023 ANIMATION Film Festival
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