Does Your Soul Have a Cold by Mike Mills


By following the lives of five Japanese individuals this documentary by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker and Beginners) explores the problem of depression in Japan and how the marketing of anti-depressant drugs has changed the way the Japanese view depression. Marketing of anti-depressants did not begin in Japan until the late 1990s and prior to this, depression was not widely recognized as a problem by the Japanese public. Since then, use of anti-depressants has sky-rocketed and use of the Japanese word “utsu” to describe depression has become commonplace, having previously been used only by psychiatric professionals.

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