“You think a truck driver has it easy?” asks a gruff-voiced narrator in the opening scene of FUSO’s short film, “Big Rig Blues”. The camera slowly closes in on the driver as he stands with arms crossed in front of his Super Great. His gaze is fixed at the camera, challenging the audience to answer. Many answer “yes”, wondering how hard it could be to drive a truck for a living. Even more can’t answer at all. The truth is that very few people have a clue of what life in the trucking industry is like.
“Big Rig Blues” follows Kameyama, a Super Great driver, as he faces off against the real ‘enemies’ of the job: drowsiness, loneliness and a constantly ticking clock, to name a few. His fight against fatigue resonates with fellow drivers, as he tries everything from drinking canned coffee to reciting a one-man comedy performance to stay alert.
There is a reason why actor Hisao Fukuyoshi falls into the role of the driver so naturally. Find out why in the video below: