Focus on Rising Japanese Directors
This program presents a variety of short films directed by up-and-coming Japanese filmmakers who have participated at SSFF & ASIA.
A song that perfectly captures the delicate emotional landscape of our teenage years, Atsuki Taketomo's ''Waremono Chui'' inspired this film by fellow teen, director Hana Matsumoto. This colloboration, which came out of a high school film competition, portrays the romance and heartbreak of youth.
When Toshiko gets a chance to realize the dream of meeting her favorite Korean idol, the last thing she wants is to be late for his scheduled appearance at a promotional event. Desperate to make it there on time she decides a taxi would be the quickest route ? only to be confronted by an extremely grumpy cab driver…
Two Juliets of Verona
Verona Girls’ High School has been holding its legendary theater festival for 120 years. Julie and Yuri are competing with each other to appear as the star of the play. When they find out the school will become co-educational and a male transfer student appears, the battle intensifies...
A Butter Fly on Her Chest
Her parents’ divorce, her change in lifestyle by moving from Tokyo to the countryside, the parting with her grandmother who was her only source of comfort... To free herself from her confining world, she has a butterfly tattooed on her chest.
One day, out of work musician Yusuke is taken to a "pink salon." There, he falls in love with Hitomi and winds up in her apartment. He starts to play music for her with her ex-boyfriend's guitar.