Independent filmmaker Masashi Yamamota, known for his uneasy dramas that captured the restless spirit of Japan s youth, appropriates the central idea from The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and transplants it to modern-day Tokyo. The distinctive story begins when Kumi discovers mysterious ruins on the edge of the city. Overgrown with plants, the haunting atmosphere of the garden draws her inside, where she is increasingly consumed by its beauty, color, and fantasy. Just like Crusoe on his deserted island, Kumi is lost and isolated in Robinson s Garden.
Shot by Tom DiCillo (director of Living in Oblivion), Jim Jarmusch s frequent cinematographer, the film thrives on its edgy indie style.