Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Tetsuo Shinohara makes his directorial debut with this award-winning work about mowing the lawn. A struggling writer (Hikari Ota) lands a job that would make Sisyphus sweat -- mowing a massive tract of land in the middle of rural Japan. He is paired with a rugged, muscle-bound lad known as the lawnmower man (Naoki Goto). While the writer is unimpressed by the lawnmower man's lack of education and boorish ways, his partner is appalled at the writer's utter lack of grass-cutting prowess. Their task being a dull and tedious one, they soon start to talk about their lives and their memories. Soon, the two develop a grudging respect -- and a strange attraction -- to one another. This film was paired with Oinaru Gakusei in the 1993 Pia Scholarship grant.