Release date10 May 2014 (2014-05-10) (Japan) Based onKamusari naa naa Nichijo
by Shion Miura WriterShiwon Miura (based on the novel by), Shinobu Yaguchi (screenplay) CastShota Sometani (Yuki Hirano), Masami Nagasawa (Naoki Ishii), Hideaki Ito (Yoki Iida), Naomi Nishida (Yuko Nakamura), Akira Emoto (Toshiro Yamane), Yuka (Miki Iida) Similar moviesSeven Samurai, The Last Samurai, 47 Ronin, DragonHeart, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 13 Assassins
Wood Job! is a 2014 Japanese comedy film written and directed by Shinobu Yaguchi and based on the novel Kamusari naa naa Nichijō(神去なあなあ日常) by Shion Miura. The film stars Shota Sometani, Masami Nagasawa, and Hideaki Ito. The main theme song is "Happiest Fool", sung by Maia Hirasawa. The film was released on 10 May 2014, and made its North American premiere at LA Eigafest 2014.
The story revolves around Yuki Hirano (played by Shota Sometani), who, after failing his university entrance examinations and being left by his girlfriend, decides to join a forestry training program on seeing an attractive female face (Nagasawa) on a promotional leaflet. The program is difficult, and while he wants to quit, he continues. Many others from the program drop out. Initially being skeptical of the newcomer, the villagers grow to like him and accept him as one of their own.
However, he soon discovers that the job is harder than he expected, working under the hard-working superior played by Hideaki Ito. Yuki learns respect for the forest, and the traditions of the town, opening his eyes to life outside a big city. All the while, he pursues the woman from the pamphlet whose beauty motivated to move in the first place. The movie ends with the Onbashira Festival), a dangerous festival involving riding huge logs down a hill.
The following people appear in the film.
Shota Sometani as Yūki Hirano
Masami Nagasawa as Naoki Ishii
Hideaki Ito as Yoki Iida
Yūka as Miki Iida
Naomi Nishida as Yūko Nakamura
Sports Makita as Iwao Tanabe
Masashi Arifuku as Saburō Koyama
Yoshimasa Kondo as a senior executive director of forestry association
Ken Mitsuishi as Seiichi Nakamura
Akira Emoto as Toshirō Yamane
The film was filmed on location in the mountains of Mie Prefecture, taking approximately six weeks and completed by 31 July 2013.