SHORTS: JAPANESE NARRATIVES-NIHONGO STORIES OF JAPAN
This program features the very best of shorts submitted from Japan. Highlighting stories of everything from two strangers falling in love after a suicide attempt to the adventures of four young school girls, this eclectic collection provides a wonderfully unique range of perspectives from a rich culture.
Screening made possible by: Japan Society; Japanese American Association of NY, Japan Culture NYC
In This Program
Toshiyuki Ichihara / Japan, UK / 32 minsSecluded deep within a forest, a middle-aged bird watcher named Doi happens to save a girl from a suicide attempt. Despite their significant age difference, the two start developing feelings for each other. But they soon must decide whether their relationship can ever escape the forest.
Makoto Nagahisa / Japan / 2016 / 28 minsSO, WE DRAW GOLDFISHES takes a look into the lives of four 15-year-old girls living mundane lives in a conservative town. One summer day, they release 400 goldfish in a swimming pool at a secondary school, providing entertainment that reveals much about the confinement they experience.
Gori / Japan / 20 minsHitoshi has just returned to his hometown island of Aguni Shima, Japan with his new wife, Yuko. Though the trip was thought to be for Yuko to meet Hiroshi's family, it is revealed his true purpose is to participate for the “senkotsu” ceremony – Aguni Shimi’s continuing custom of cleansing the bone of the dead.
Lukasz Gasiorowski / Japan / 24 minsA professional femme fatale enjoys selling fantasies to lonely men, but when she becomes caught in the web of her own deceptions, she finds herself unable to pay the price of her own merchandise.