Local Filmmakers Showcase

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30 - 10.00pm
@Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, 37, 宇田川町37−18トツネビル1-2F


Moon Rabbit
Dir. Kae Ho
Japan | 15 mins
Synopsis: During a visit to her grandparents in Japan, everything changes for 7-year-old Rio, who is obsessed with the Japanese folklore, Moon Rabbit.


Dir. Takuya Miyahara
Japan | 22 mins
Synopsis: One night, a birthday party is held for a girl called Saki. It seems peaceful and happy, but at midnight, she witnesses her friend, Akane, stealing other girl’s purse silently.


Lady Samurai
Dir. James Latimer
Japan | 7 mins
Synopsis: This is the story of Kaori Kawabuchi, a samurai sword performer, singer and motion capture actor. An inspiring woman keeping alive ancient traditions and spirituality in modern Japan.


One Step
Dir. Michael Williams
Japan | 12 mins
Synopsis: When Tadashi sees a girl from his school stood alone on the beach, he becomes determined to find out why. A realistic Japanese High School drama, portraying how life is for thousands of girls across Japan.


Nao Takeuchi / Ballads
Dir. Kazuhito Takazawa
Japan | 8 mins
Synopsis: In more than 40 years of my life as a musician, I was fortunate enough to encounter many excellent musicians. Luckily, I could have a lot of experience of playing in various performance styles from straight ahead jazz to free-style improvisation. My long-term dream is to release a ballad album. In creation of the album it was my great pleasure that I could perform with the most supreme musicians and I could go back to the basics of performance to play melodies like singing on saxophone. I would like to dedicate this album to John Coltrane and Elvin Jones. It is John Coltrane who made me resolve to live as a saxophonist and is still alive in my mind even though 50 years passed after his death. Elvin Jones showed me the way to live my life as a musician. I want to extend my sincere thanks to both.


Water in the Cup
Dir. Ikuo Kato
Japan | 6 mins
Synopsis: Water is in the cup. Water goes to the sky and extends to outer space. Then return to the ground. Its iteration.


Gacha Gacha
Dir. Dave Jackson
Japan | 15 mins
Synopsis: A not-so-heartwarming tale about capsule toys, the nightmare of obsession, jealous rage, and a slimy, stop-frame animated tiny monster.


She Who Hears
Dir. Alexi Papalexopoulos
USA | 11 mins
Synopsis: SHE WHO HEARS is an exploration into contrasts...a study on young adult love in the LGBTQ community and how it often times appears to be one thing, but in actuality is another.



After each film there will be a minute-long break, during which we invite the audience to complete scorecards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audience's response.

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