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FILM COMPETITION – Nominated Films and Special Screening –

  • 1Jodie
  • 2Oshirasama
  • 3My Grandmother Is an Egg
  • 4MARE
  • 5The Note
  • 6MY HOMETOWN
  • 7Memory
  • 8Blind Mind
  • 9Rainbow Honey
  • 10Medea
  • 11The Hanbok on the Court
  • 12VADIYAR
  • 13Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage
10 Sep. Sat. 10:00 Large Conference Room

Live Action / Animation: 12 nominees + 1 special screening

1

Jodie

Jodie

  • Animation
  • Japan/2021/11min.
  • Director : Kurumi Hakamata
  • Voice : Anna Chloe Moorey, Elsie Lovelock

Story

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.

2

Oshirasama

Oshirasama

  • Animation
  • Japan/2021/12min.
  • Director : Takako Saga
  • Narration : Takako Saga

Story

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.

3

My Grandmother Is an Egg

My Grandmother Is an Egg

  • Animation
  • Taiwan, UK/2021/9min.
  • Director: Wu-Ching Chang
  • Cast: Yu-Hsia Chang
  • Voice: Yu-Lin Chang, Yu-Chin Chang
  • Japanese Subtitles: Yu-Chien Kuo

Story

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.

4

MARE

MARE

  • Animation
  • Japan/2022/8min.
  • Director : Tamaki Ishida

Story

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.

5

The Note

The Note

  • Drama
  • Singapore/2022/16min.
  • Director : Jen Nee Lim
  • Cast: Cheryl Chitty Tan, Kymberly Naushad
  • Japanese Subtitles: Itoko Tanaka

Story

To connect with her new class, an inexperienced high school teacher asks each student to anonymously share a personal secret.

6

MY HOMETOWN

MY HOMETOWN

  • Drama
  • Japan/2022/42min.
  • Director: Aoi Furukawa
  • Cast: Soraka, Miki Koshiyama

Story

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.

7

Memory

Memory

  • Drama
  • South Korea/2021/20min.
  • Director : Jurina Kamiyama
  • Cast : Beak Seong Ha, Hwang Ji Eon

Story

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….

8

Blind Mind

Blind Mind

©2021Yurie Yano/Atsuki Tomori

  • Drama
  • Japan/2022/37min.
  • Director : Yurie Yano
  • Cast : Kanta Sato, Yuna Taira

Story

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.

9

Rainbow Honey

Rainbow Honey

  • Drama
  • Japan/2021/29min.
  • Director : Keiko Umenoki
  • Cast : Chie Tsuji, Saki Suzuki

Story

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.

10

Medea

Medea

  • Drama
  • China/2022/14min.
  • Director : Feifei Zhong
  • Cast : Leiying Luan, Wenwen Su

Story

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...

11

The Hanbok on the Court

The Hanbok on the Court

  • Documentary
  • South Korea/2022/50min.
  • Director : Oh So Young
  • Cast : Lee Sin Hae, Kang Hwi Sun

Story

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.

12

VADIYAR

VADIYAR

  • Drama
  • Iran/2021/15min.
  • Director : Marjan Khosravi
  • Cast : Maryam Moradian, Masih Najafi
  • Japanese Subtitles : Hitoko Uebo

Story

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.

Film Competition After screening of nominated films
13

Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage

Horimono: Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage

  • Documentary
  • USA/2020/17min.
  • Director: Kira Dane, David Caprara

Story

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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