Yoshifumi TSUBOTA 坪田義史

What Can You Do About It?


Nippon Docs   ¾ 

Filmmaker Yoshifumi TSUBOTA is already 41 years old when he is diagnosed with ADHD. Struggling with this diagnosis, he learns that one of his father’s cousins lives with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). He spontaneously decides to visit his relative and starts recording their meetings with his camera. Over the course of three years, the two men build up a deep friendship. This documentary about “Makoto-san” is an intimate and touching portrait, putting mental disorders in a critical relation to society.

Datte shoganai janai

Japan 2019

119 minutes


World sales
Geta Films

About Yoshifumi TSUBOTA

Yoshifumi TSUBOTA, born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1975, made his first films while studying at Tama Art University. In 2000, his short film BIG SPECTACLE was awarded the Grand Prize of the Image Forum Festival. He made his feature film debut with DAWN GRAY in 2002. His second feature film MIYOKO (2009 / NC ’10) was screened, as well as awarded, at numerous international film festivals. In 2012, he went to the United States for one year under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. His third feature THE SHELL COLLECTOR (2016) was also an international success. WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? (2019 / NC ’20) is his first feature-length documentary. He also has a career working as a production designer for several films, he produces commercials and music videos and writes novels.