Shakuhachi and skateboarding. They seem to have nothing to do with each other, but they actually have many things in common and also share the same problems. “The Future is Primitive” is undeniably a labour of love for shakuhachi and skateboarding on Katsuya Nonaka’s behalf. Through the interviews with well-respected skaters from all around world, including Silas Baxter-Neal, Ryan Sheckler, Pontus Alv and Gou Miyagi, as well as Japanese and non-Japanese shakuhachi players, such as Atsuya Okuda, Kiku Day and Alcvin Ramos, this documentary discloses the hidden connections between these two cultures, and explores “the change of times” and the “core of things”. As the movie goes, viewers will soon learn that the problems are not only for shakuhachi or skateboarding, but to all of us living in this modern commercialized world. They will ask themselves this question, “What should we do for the future? And where are the roots heading up to?”
Director Presently based in Niigata, Japan, Katsuya Nonaka is a professional shakuhachi player, rice farmer, translator, cartoonist, illustrator and film director. Being a man of many professions, he describes himself as a Hyakusho. Literally translating as a man who has more than one hundred jobs, Hyakusho is the Japanese word for peasant. Nonaka studied shakuhachi with the world renowned master Atsuya Okuda. He is also a member of The Seppuku Pistols, who play Edo era punk on Japanese traditional instruments. It goes without saying that Nonaka is a skateboarding enthusiast.