The film SOUND AND SILENCE portrays Toshio (72) and Shizuko Omiro (75), a couple and improvisation duo who has lived in Kawasaki, Japan, since 1981, which vehemently opposes materialistic thinking and any kind of commercialization.​ The “poles” SOUND and SILENCE talk about their development from punk musicians to activists in the peace and anti-nuclear movement, as well as their journey as a couple. Throughout their lives, they navigated through Japanese society, which was characterized by pressure to conform, with their free-spirited lifestyle, which also left its mark on the life of their son Sabu. Until the very end, they followed their vision of changing the world to a more peaceful one in an unconventional way. ​In the playful development of their individual selves as musicians and as a couple, they take the right to live the life that fills them with meaning. This also reflects the knowledge of transience – as the essence of life.


Script, direction   Thomas Luechinger
Photography   Ryosuke Saito, Thomas Luechinger, Roger Walch, David Woo
Editing   Franziska Schlienger
Sound   Roger Walch, Thomas Luechinger
Score   Ephrem Luechinger
Editing assistance   Samuel Kellenberger
Sound mix   EPHMA Production, Manuel Rindlisbacher
Color grading   Etienne Ettlinger

Shizuko Orimo, Toshio Orimo, Sabu Orimo

Production & Release

Production   roses for you film, Switzerland, 2022
Coproduction   n.s.
Production period   n.s.
Original version   Japanese
Format   16:9, black & white and color, stereo
Runtime   64 Min.
Genre   Documentary
SUISA-No.   n.s.
ISAN   0000-0006-3E1A-0000-7-0000-0000-G
Cinematic premiere   n.s.
Distribution   roses for you film



Solothurner Filmtage 2023
World premiere

Visions du Réel 2022, Nyon
Film market