When I Was Young the World Didn’t Need Me is a hybrid observational-poetic documentary film about an aspiring Japanese comedian’s bold pursuit of fame in a world that ignored and abandoned him when he was a child.
What was originally meant to be a year of study abroad in Australia transforms Takahito “TK” Nakamura into Duckman—a popular Sydney street busker. Clad in an unmistakably yellow lycra costume, nothing is too ridiculous for this impossibly cheerful fellow. And as a survivor of a violent childhood, no situation is too dire.
But what is driving young TK’s lust for fame and how much of it is tainting the traumatic story he tells himself and others?
The independent Australian production of When I Was Young the World Didn’t Need Me started pre-production in November 2016. Filming started in February 2017 and ended in May 2017. The documentary is currently in post-production.
Takahito Nakamura (TK), the subject of the documentary, is a 23-year-old entertainer from Tokyo, Japan. TK was popularly known as the busker Duckman in Sydney. Before coming to Sydney and transforming into Duckman, TK was active for 7 years as a comedian with the acclaimed comedy company Yoshimoto Creative Agency. He specialises in “Jigakuneta” comedy and is currently developing new skits in English while travelling the world.
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