After four years of cleaning high-rise windows in Tokyo, I quit my job in 1994 and went to Australia to hitchhike around the continent with a backpack and tent for six months. I spoke no English, knew nobody, belonged nowhere and felt like a ghost in the desert--a person who just appeared out of nowhere with no past. But I realized I needed to survive wherever I was. I needed to find food, a place to sleep, have sex and make friends. I struggled because I couldn't speak the language, but I learned it is possible to connect with people in other ways--through their eyes and their body language. That's what inspired me to make this film. "After the Apocalypse" is about universal communication and needs. It is a futuristic drama that shows how people discover one another beyond words.

Yasuaki Nakajima bio
photo by Carolyn Macartney