FILM COMPETITION – Nominated Films and Special Screening –
- 3My Grandmother Is an Egg
- 5The Note
- 6MY HOMETOWN
- 8Blind Mind
- 9Rainbow Honey
- 11The Hanbok on the Court
- 13Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage
Live Action / Animation: 12 nominees + 1 special screening
- Director : Kurumi Hakamata
- Voice : Anna Chloe Moorey, Elsie Lovelock
A robot with no name is being abused by her owner. I am a "doctor," and I erase her memories. It will be easier for her if she forgets all painful things. But then she asks me not to erase those memories. She begs me not to treat the violence inflicted upon her as though it had never happened.
- Director : Takako Saga
- Narration : Takako Saga
A girl takes care of a horse affectionately, then eventually, they fall in love with each other. Maddened by the fact, her father hangs the horse on a mulberry tree. "Oshirasama" is a folktale of Japan's Tohoku region. This work is created by a sand artist and a horse-head fiddle player.
My Grandmother Is an Egg
- Taiwan, UK/2021/9min.
- Director: Wu-Ching Chang
- Cast: Yu-Hsia Chang
- Voice: Yu-Lin Chang, Yu-Chin Chang
- Japanese Subtitles: Yu-Chien Kuo
The director's grandmother was a T'ung-yang-hsi. It is the traditional practice of pre-arranged marriage, selling a young girl to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law. The film is about the fragility and resilience of the director's grandmother who faced oppression from unjust Confucian traditions in Asia. It aims to reflect upon women's oppression and struggle for freedom.
- Director : Tamaki Ishida
The world is polluted by poisonous gas. In a secluded facility, an artist is painting pictures of the sea. Why does he paint them? What has happened to the world? Set in the not so distant future, the film is about environmental pollution and life in quarantine.
- Director : Jen Nee Lim
- Cast: Cheryl Chitty Tan, Kymberly Naushad
- Japanese Subtitles: Itoko Tanaka
To connect with her new class, an inexperienced high school teacher asks each student to anonymously share a personal secret.
- Director: Aoi Furukawa
- Cast: Soraka, Miki Koshiyama
Teruko, 19, lives in a housing complex about to be destroyed with her grandmother and mother, a life with three generations of women in her family. After graduating from high school, Teruko has worked in her hometown with her mother, but she will leave for Tokyo soon to attend a university there. One day, the father who has long been out of touch contacts Teruko. A minor discord in family life is getting intensified prior to her departure.
- South Korea/2021/20min.
- Director : Jurina Kamiyama
- Cast : Beak Seong Ha, Hwang Ji Eon
Surrounded by total quiet and darkness, the protagonist Seong Ah lies moonlit and unconscious. With her condition diagnosed as dissociative amnesia, she loses her will to survive. In order to hang onto faint light, she paints and draws on paper the emotions she feels in her daily life, but….
©2021Yurie Yano/Atsuki Tomori
- Director : Yurie Yano
- Cast : Kanta Sato, Yuna Taira
Being blind, Yu declares to his roommate Jerry who leads an active love life that love has no place in his life. He cannot understand what Jerry means by the word “beautiful.” Another person who is trapped inside the cage of the word is influencer Fumika.
- Director : Keiko Umenoki
- Cast : Chie Tsuji, Saki Suzuki
Brought up by loving parents, high school girl Sae is happy and content with her life. Her sole concern at present is what career path she should choose. One day, she saves a girl in danger. While running with her, memories of the previously forgotten past come back to her. A reflection upon the meaning of family.
- Director : Feifei Zhong
- Cast : Leiying Luan, Wenwen Su
It is a story about a woman struggling between her career and family after finding her unexpected pregnancy and finally gets collapses. Hejiahui is a stage performer who plays the main role in the play Medea. The director is leading them for a national tour for the next half year. Yet she finds herself get pregnant. In the meanwhile, Medea, the Ancient Greek woman who killed her own sons takes over Jiahui's mind...
The Hanbok on the Court
- South Korea/2022/50min.
- Director : Oh So Young
- Cast : Lee Sin Hae, Kang Hwi Sun
Focusing on the court case of journalist Lee Sin hae, a 2.5th generation of “Zainichi,” ethnic Korean born in Japan, who raised the first damage claim against hateful speech in Japan, the film explores complex discrimination against minorities and women.
- Director : Marjan Khosravi
- Cast : Maryam Moradian, Masih Najafi
- Japanese Subtitles : Hitoko Uebo
In a remote mountain village, a wolf attacks a boy’s mother. This simple premise is the vantage point for at powerful tale in a beautifully coloured visual palette, which at its center circles around themes of clemency, mercy, masculinity and making the right decisions in seemingly impossible situations.
Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage
- Director: Kira Dane, David Caprara
Living amongst heavy negative stereotypes around traditional horimono tattoos in Japan, a group of tattooed pilgrims practice a centuries-old, holy mountain pilgrimage that solidifies its role in Japanese culture.
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