Back in March, a 3+ minute “teaser” was released, but it was sort of repetitive and plodding. The new trailer is a bit more succinct.
The film stars Naoya Shimizu as a high school boy named Koban Kato with no family, friends, money or social presence. He does, however, possess a strange ability. Whenever he’s not being noticed by the people around him, he literally vanishes—leaving only his clothing behind.
One day, Koban is kicked out of his house and meets a girl named Sheena (Airi Taira), who also has no place to live. Sheena is fascinated by Koban’s special ability and has a suggestion of how they can make use of it together.
Soon, their antics cause the locals in their sleepy town to become convinced they’ve spotted a mythical white kappa on a supermarket security tape, and a reward is offered for its capture.
“Empty” premiered last month at the Okinawa International Movie Festival as part of the “Panoramic Screening” (non genre-specific) category. According to the new official website, it will be screened in Orihime-cho, Kiryu-shi, Gunma Prefecture on April 30th. It will get a wider release in Gunma on May 19, 2012 and Tokyo on June 16th.