Short of the Week

Moving Takahashi

An ambitious mover is blindsided when he discovers that one of the pieces of furniture left behind for him is a suicidal daughter with 20 minutes left to live.

Happy Valentine’s day! Be sure to check out our love category if you want to settle in for some prolonged romantic viewing, but today I want to share a great new short film that came in through our submission process.

Moving Takahashi, is a slick, and well written short about young man, who, while moving furniture out of a posh LA home, unexpectedly stumbles upon the household’s daughter overdosing on pills. In perhaps a rare fit of conscience, he tries to help her.

A lot of the film is reassuringly familiar, with several recognizable beats. Romance is a genre not known for its startling originality, nor is it really necessary, at the end we just want the (gender neutral pronoun) and the (gender neutral pronoun) to wind up together. Moving Takahashi knows this and instead focuses on A+ execution.

LA-based Josh Soskin writes + directs, and the film is emblematic of the polished, semi-pro productions that come out of the area’s deep well of talent. Josh certainly has assembled some top notch collaborators. Financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the short is shot on lush 35mm by Rob Hauer, a fellow who joined Andrew and I on Filmmakers 25 New Faces of Film feature this past year and stars model turned actor Boyd Holbrook, who I would bet anything is a teeny bopper franchise waiting to happen. Soskin’s own script, written with Patrick James, is really quite deft, with a couple of good one-liners and believable interactions between the two leads.

The result is a welcome addition to the “bad boy” romance genre. If you like your romances with just a bit of edge, then Moving Takahashi will be a welcome 11 minutes for you.

Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Gertiecranker

    Not great.  One has only a single question: why?

  • Jason Sondhi

    why the characters did what they did, or why did we feature it?

  • FabianC

    unbelievably bad

  • JHeckbert

    some of  the people who comment on these videos are complete assholes

  • Marc Adamson

    Loved it. Interesting characters and situation, brilliant acting and absolutely beautiful cinematography. I’ve been checking out other stuff by this director, now I’m a fan !

  • Isabella

    What beautiful cinematography. Do you mind my asking what song you used at the end?

  • Wmei Humanitas

    I found it really great! I would like it even more if some dialogs were more intuitive, leave some things for the audience to find out and not give it all away… thats it. Besides that, its a great film 

  • Dominick Cioppa

    Completely agree with the review, this is a stunningly executed piece of genre short. The premise alone was worth the 11min.

  • label

    Please. Critique without qualification is not only utterly useless but actively disgusting. Further, “why” is possibly the most flattering question that can be asked of any successful film — it is the unresolved or constantly shifting”why” that makes much of Bresson, Godard, and Bergman great.

  • Alex

    the song is from Jonsi, lead singer of Sigur Rós. The song is “Go Do”. Nice film by the way!

  • Alex

    the song is from Jonsi, lead singer of Sigur Rós. The song is “Go Do”. Nice film by the way!

  • Lorenzo Benitez

    Sorry, but I really wasn’t a fan of this film. It was poorly edited: a lot of shots felt clumsy and didn’t really further the storytelling. For instance, in the scene when the mover names five reasons on why life’s worth living, the camera keeps circling around the two actors, which not only took away from the performances of the two actors, but it was also dizzying.

    Also, while I will admit that this was a very interesting premise, the character development in this film was sorely lacking. The woman, in the space of no time at all and without any justification or objective underpinning her actions, goes from suicidal to falling in love with the guy. Why did she join him at the end? Love? If so, there was little indication that she had ever fallen in love with him. Just because she and the guy briefly kissed, there still wasn’t any indication of love between the two of them. When the guy kissed her, I thought that he was never really in love with her, but was just pretending so that she would give life a second chance.

  • Kate

    Cinematography was beautiful/amazing, whole film not to watch… really bad :(