‘I, Everyday’ is a film by Yohan Forbes shot on location in Shizuoka Japan. The film tells the story of two brothers, one lives a normal life working in a bike shop while his brother lives as a recluse who suffers from Hikikomori. A social disorder that causes young people to isolate themselves from family, friends and the outside environment. The film is intended for release in festivals in the UK and abroad this summer.
Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり, literally “pulling away, being confined”, i.e., “acute social withdrawal”) is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general as well as to people belonging to this societal group. In Western terminology this group may include individuals suffering from social phobia or social anxiety problems. This could also be due to agoraphobia, avoidant personality disorder or painful or extreme shyness.