When Masahiro returns to his hometown of Tokyo with his wife, he is suddenly plagued by inexplicable feelings of guilt and nightmares from a time long past. Then a mysterious man advises him to perform an eerie ritual in the infamous Aokigahara forest. For Masahiro, a dramatic journey into the past begins, to his innermost spiritual abysses.


Following in the footsteps of their multi-award-winning short film “Hunger” ( and Tokyo Rain (, Robert Schneider and Michel Wild produce a Japanese drama from their personal European point of view. ‘Shōgai’ is also shot exclusively in Switzerland. The real film sequences are supplemented with classic anime scenes.


Yusuke Yamasaki
Ana Xandry
Tatsuya Tagawa
Susanne von Fioreschy-Weinfeld
Christian Arroyo
Tam Nguyen

Additional Cast

Tomoko Nguyen
Hao Nguyen


Michel Wild
Author, Regisseur, Produzent
Rob Schneider
DoP, Editor, Co-Produzent

Supporting Crew

Patrizia Tschurr – Production coordinator / Script supervisor
Francesco Tancredi – Grip / Lighting / Set photography
Michael Rosio – Sound / Boom operator
Julia Schneider – Set runner / Clapper loader
Claudia Bisang – Set design
Urs P. Wild – Assistant production
Sven Christinger – Set design
Basil Bleuler – Set design
Naoko Yoshida – Translations / Set design
Kelly Chung – Set runner / Clapper loader
Mevio Delvais – Set runner
Yanic Meier – Set runner
Lukas Walker – Set runner

2nd Unit Japan

Akira Otaguro – Second unit camera
Shinpei Horinouchi – Second unit assistant camera