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The Wonder of a Summer Day


Director: IBAYASHI Yuka (伊林侑香)

2022|Japan|87min|Language: Japanese|Subtitles: English

Date Time Venue
3/16 Wed 16:00 Cine Libre Umeda 3
3/19 Sat 12:20 Cine Libre Umeda 3
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NOGISHI Konoha (野岸紅ノ葉)
IKEDA Nonoka (池田埜々耶)
IWAIDO Seiko (岩井堂聖子)
KIKUCHI Akiko (菊池亜希子)
YOSHIZAWA Hisashi (吉沢悠)

Kanata (NOGISHI Konoha) and her younger sister Sumire (IKEDA Nonoka) have been living apart since their parents' divorce. Kanata is having trouble adjusting to her new school and is spending her summer holiday helping her mother run her snack bar. When Kanata's mother suggests that she go to her grandmother's house for a final summer holiday memory, Kanata heads into the countryside. Once there, Kanata can't hide her annoyance at the innocent Sumire who bubbles with enthusiasm for the time they will spend together but a trip with Sumire in search of fireflies, which are not supposed to appear during the summer, forces the lonely teen out of her shell.

Director IBAYASHI brings the warmth and charm of her leading cast, who give beguiling naturalistic performances, and also Toyama Prefecture, from the calm city streets to the wonders of the natural world in the surrounding mountains and waterways. The everyday aspects of the environment that might normally get ignored are made visceral and special through IBAYASHI’s cinematic lens.

[Jason MAHER]

Director: IBAYASHI Yuka (伊林侑香)