The End Of Special Time We Were Allowed: A Story of a Friend’s Death

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This Japanese film tells a story about the last days of a musician named Sota Masuda. Through his talent, he made such a massive breakthrough when he won a music contest at age 17. He showed that make money from music was his passion. Yet, his to be reached dreams suddenly dispersed the moment he decided to get into university. After moving to Tokyo, Masuda faced a harsh reality and started to rely on analgesic drugs. After he encountered overdose, he immediately went back to his hometown.

When Masuda got back to his old neighborhood, he met his friends and formed a music group. In contrast with him, who always wanted to be professional, his friends took music just as a mere hobby and momentary pleasure. This difference slowly caused discrepancy between them until it torn their friendship apart. And then he reached his old band crews and got back to the stage together. Unfortunately, the number of audience was never been bigger than what Masuda expected.

Masuda had a favorite spot; a river where he adored the beauty of a sunset. There, Masuda decided to end his life. He left a note and a record addressed to Shingo Ota, this film director. Through The End of Special Time We Were Allowed, Shingo Ota compiles the last years moment of Masuda’s life and imagines what he expected after death.

The End of Special Time We Were Allowed jumps above the challenge which is separating documentary and fiction. This film is also capable to combine imagination aspects with a memory journey which ends up with suicide. Nanda Dhaida, one of the audiences, expressed her comment through a brief interview. “I can’t relate this film with kinds of problem that I usually face. As a literature student, statements about future, occupations, and definitions of well-established life seem like daily reality,” said Nanda. Furthermore, Nanda also said that what differentiates between the daily reality she faces and reality in this film perhaps was the pressure level. Japan, which is developed country, demands a higher quality of human resources compared to Indonesia so that there is intense competition as the result. “That film did not explain to the answer for the issues as the director said in the discussion, he even invited everyone to look after the answer together, to understand deeper about the condition that happens out there and to compare with what happens here in order to reflect toward many things,” she added.

[Dwi Utami]

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