On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tidal wave devastated the coast of north eastern Japan, also triggering the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. The city of Sendai, in Tohoku, was at the epicenter of the disaster, with thousands of its citizens washed away by the awful tsunami.
The World Bank and the IMF predicted that Japan would experience strong growth while rebuilding from the disaster, but what exactly would this mean?
Fast forwarding to March 2016, five years after the disaster, a bold vision of renewal is emerging for a stagnant nation that has been given a chance to reboot its future. Sendai is at the center of Japan's Reconstruction, leading the way to an all-electric, emissions free Japan by 2030, while piloting a society that nurtures both extremes of a rapidly aging population. Nuclear Energy has been tamed, and a new economic order is being trialed.
Three visitors are caught in the wave of change sweeping Sendai, where tragedy still whispers from the wings of a world brutally turned upside down. Secret pacts, scandals and obsessions reach out to engulf the trio, who are forced to reach deep to come to grips with their own suddenly surging emotions.
The first edition of Return to Sendai was ESL enabled to reach a wide audience with its vision of necessary change. The Director’s Cut goes beyond this narrative to hear the inner voices of serene Aiko, cross-wired Jason and manipulative Marty as they seek a brave new sanity that lives somewhere in the vortex that confronts them.