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Indie Forum|Supported Program < Housen Cultural Foundation: Support for film study and production >



Director: SUZUKI Sae (鈴木冴)

2022|Japan|38min|Language: Japanese|Subtitles: English

Date Time Venue
3/11 Fri 16:30《Short films program 1》 Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/17 Thu 11:30《Short films program 1》 Cine Libre Umeda 4
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USAMARU Manami (兎丸愛美)
YAMAMOTO Akihiro (山本晃大)
KONDO Yasunari (近藤康成)
NAKAKOCHI Sayaka (中垣内彩加)
MURATA Natsuki (村田奈津樹)

Yukie (USAMARU Manami), a dental nurse in a rural town, doesn’t verbalise her true feelings often but she dreams of living by the sea. This is vague desire becomes something more concrete when the relentless power harassment of her boss turns into sexual harassment and she makes the impulsive decision to flee to Tokyo with the clinic’s cash. There, for one day, she can be free to do as she pleases and so she changes her appearance and personality and meets up with a guy on a dating app who is hiding his own inner pain. Together, they offer each other hope for a new life even as their old ones tether them to reality.

Utilising a contrast in landscapes and sets well, director SUZUKI Sae elicits feelings of suffocation and freedom in the life of Yukie as Tokyo becomes a playground for the wounded woman who achieves a sense of peace, something brought out wonderfully by lead actress USAMARU (“Sisterhood” – OAFF2019).

[Jason MAHER]

Director: SUZUKI Sae (鈴木冴)