Based on a novel by Otsuichi, Waiting in the Dark is written and directed by Tengan Daisuke, the son of late legendary director Imamura Shohei. In his earlier films Aiki and Asian Beat: I Love Nippon, not to mention his writing contributions to Miike Takashi's Audition and his father's Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, Tengan has shown a knack for both humanistic and corporeal storytelling, a talent that is again on display in his latest film. Waiting in the Dark, a.k.a. Kurai Tokoro de Machiawase, stars up-and-coming Taiwanese actor Wilson Chen. Though Chen has spoken Japanese in some of his previous films, Waiting in the Dark presents a new challenge as it is his first completely Japanese-language leading role. Opposite Chen is popular actress Tanaka Rena (A Day on the Planet), whom he also collaborated with in Tripping, and actor Sato Koichi (What the Snow Brings). Quiet, heartfelt, and understated, Waiting in the Dark is a small title that goes a long way.