5 Short films screenings with 1 ticket

Screening Schedule

LA: 4:55 pm Aug.18


Tokyo Lovers

ROmance Drama • 19 min トーキョーラバーズ

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ABOUT

Two strangers bonding over heartbreaks, and how their odd friendship helps them regain their dignity in big city Tokyo."Tokyo Lovers" is a love letter to every "single" person in TOKYO during X'mas. In western culture, where Christmas came from, this specific day is when you gather with your family and spend time at home. Even if you're a grown up.

Director: Mayumi Yoshida, Nach Dudsdeemaytha

Cast: Mayumi Yoshida, Jerome Yoo

JFFLA2019 Submission Selection

in English and Japanese with Japanese and English subtitle

Dir. Mayumi Yoshida coming screening and Q&A

Dir. Mayumi Yoshida coming screening and Q&A


Yonsei

Japanese American Drama • 20 min 四世

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ABOUT

Yonsei is a coming of age film, where a young Japanese American pre-teenager struggles with cultural identity and racial discrimination. He must break free of his internal feelings as the perpetual foreigner, on a journey to discover identity and peace of mind.

この映画は、日系4世であるアメリカ人の若者が文化的アイデンティティや人種差別と格闘する映画です。 彼は、自分のアイデンティティを見つけるために心の安らぎを求めて行動していきます。

Director: J H Cabral

Cast: Kai Jonson, Ari Rene, Aleyna Minamoto, Patricia Tezuka,

JFFLA2019 Submission Selection

English only- No Japanese subtitle

Dir. J H Cabral and Casts will coming screening Q&A

Dir. J H Cabral and Casts will coming screening Q&A


Ryoko's Qubit Summer

Drama • 18 min 量子の夏

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Director: Yuichi Kondo

Cast: Ami Yamada, Hinako,


JFFLA2019 Submission Selection

in Japanese and English subtitle

ABOUT

Quantum butterflies with Qubit wings, The same technology was used to create KANUMA, an experimental world of Artificial Intelligence inside a quantum computer. Then one day, AIs began using words unknown to man. Scientists saw this as a threat and decided to "delete" KANUMA. Director Yuichi KONDO was gigantically inspired by Monster movies in his childhood, and currently works as a CG/VFX Artist.


The Wind Phone

Drama • 16 min 風の電話

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Director: Kristen Gerweck

Producer: Linda C. Riedmann

Cast: Megumi Kabe, Hitoshi Masaki, Linda Chung, Yukina Takase, Akari Harada, Miho Ando, Hiroshi Watanabe, Natsuko Aoike


JFFLA2019 Submission Selection

in Japanese and English subtitle

© Infinitus LLC, 2018

ABOUT

Inspired by true events, THE WIND PHONE follows the emotional journeys of seven strangers. Each is drawn to the same remote, eerie phone booth on a Japanese cliffside, although their conversations couldn’t seem more different. Whereas one caller seeks forgiveness for a fatal transgression and another grapples with a twisted betrayal, others’ motivations are not clear at first. It is not until one of the callers extends a consoling hand to another, that we begin to understand that they are all connected by one harrowing reality.


Enoshima Clown

Drama • 15 min えのしまピエロ

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Director: Akiyoshi Imazeki

Cast: Meek Ikeda, Haruka Imou, Mayumi Mitome,

Director Akiyoshi Imazeki will coming Q&A

Director Akiyoshi Imazeki will coming Q&A


JFFLA2019 Submission Selection

© Akiyosihi Imazeki Film in Japanese and English subtitle

ABOUT

Moeko is an actress's egg. Moeko falls in an audition and comes to Enoshima to change her mind because of a broken heart. I was looking at the sea to look at the sunset. Suddenly, she meet a mysterious clown who says "I am you". A clown that will follow if Moeko run away. It starts to notice that it is this incarnation, and she will be confronting herself with her true intentions ...

女優の卵の萌子。オーディションに落ちるし、失恋はするしと気分転換に海を見に江ノ島へやって来た。夕日を見つめようと海を見ようとすると突然、「あたしはあなた」と名乗る不思議なピエロに出会う。逃げても逃げてもついてくるピエロ。色々話を聞くとどうやら萌子の化身と気づき始め、本音をぶつけて自分自身と向き合うことになるが・・・。

5 Short films screenings with 1 ticket

Screening Schedule

LA: 4:55 pm Aug.18

4 Short+ film screenings with 1 ticket

OC Screening Schedule

1:15pm Aug.17


Lil Tokyo Reporter

Japanese American Histry Drama • 30 min リトル東京レポーター

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Director: Jeffrey Gee Chin

Cast: Chris Tashima, Eijiro Ozaki, Ikuma Ando, Keiko Agena

JFFLA2019 Invited Selection

English only- No Japanese subtitle

ABOUT

Lil Tokyo Reporter is the story of Sei Fujii (Tashima), a civic rights leader who vowed to protect his people, defending them in legal cases with Attorney Wright (Whitney) and building a much needed hospital for the Japanese American community. During the Great Depression, the community unites at their first annual pageant parade while Fujii promotes their accomplishments through his new radio program and newspaper. Wright brings to Fujii’s attention a group running the local gambling hall who decided to take advantage of his community. Fujii must make a decision to confront the issue through his reporting and newspaper. Will these local baddies win over our historic civil rights leader? Or will our hero survive a road that will lead him into many unexpected twist of events. Tune in this summer to find out.


Dream Blossoms

Japanese American Histry Documentary • 40 min 夢は咲く

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Director: Junzo Arai

Cast: Zenichiro Uchida, Ted Uchida, Yoshito&Tomi Matsuno, Janet Matsuno, Henry Hibino, Takeyuki Miyauchi, Kunihiro Nishiya,

JFFLA2019 Invited Selection

in Japanese with English subtitle and in English No Japanese subtitle

Director, Junzo Arai and Cast, Uchida Family Q&A

ABOUT

In the mid 1950's men from Kagoshima traveled to the United State. Zenichiro Uchida who people called him "the father of post war immigrants" who led them. He said "our young men should find potential in the vast United States rather than living in a small country. However, Japanese immigrants were hampered by the "Exclusion of Japanese Immigration Law".

Zenichiro himself also lost most of his comrades on the Southeast Asian front during World War II, and thought that what he could do after the war was to create "peace” between Japan and United States."This documentary is a 60 year story of "father of immigrants" Zenichiro Uchida and refugee immigrant families.

1950年代、鹿児島出身の男たちがアメリカへ渡った。彼らを先導した人が「戦後移民の父」といわれる内田善一郎。彼は「若者は狭い国土にひしめいて暮らすより、広大なアメリカに可能性を見出すべきだ」と語った。ところが、日本人の移民は1924年に施行された「排日移民法」の壁に阻まれていた。

善一郎自身は、第二次大戦中、東南アジア戦線で戦友のほとんどを失っており、戦後に自分ができるのは「日米の平和」をつくることだった。このドキュメンタリーは「戦後、移民の父」内田善一郎と、難民移住者家族たちの60年の物語だ。


Encounters with Silence

Documentary • 30 min 沈黙との出会い

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Director: Janus Victoria

Cast:Akira Fujita, Soichiro Koriyama, Yoshiko Sato,
Ami Yamasaki,


JFFLA2019 Invited Selection

ABOUT Kodokushi or the lonely death has become common in Japan. The director confronts the silence on the subject through encounters with a man who cleans the apartments of those who die alone, a photographer who documents the aftermath of kodokushi, an elderly woman fiercely protective of her independence even in old age, and an artist who sings to pierce the stillness around her. By examining the quiet and lonely death, this film becomes a meditation on life itself.


Memories

Drama • 35 min メモリーズ

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Director: Akiyoshi Imazeki

Cast: Paul Lazar, Serena Motola,

JFFLA2019 Invited Selection

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Dir. Imazeki will coming screening !

in Japanese and English subtitle

ABOUT

A girl's fantasy music movie "Memories". It depicts the conflict in the heart of a girl who feels the breathlessness of living in a heavy, frosty, real world. Poetic images and unique characters, and nostalgic and fantasy works. Paul Lazar, who has performed Cirque du Soleil as a violinist and music director, has been starring. And now, among the young actresses, the spotlight stock, Serena Motola, plays three roles each.

一人の少女の幻想音楽映画『Memories』。目に見える重く冷ややかなリアル世界で、生きることの息苦しさを感じている少女の心の葛藤を、詩的な映像と個性的なキャラクターたちで描く、ノスタルジック・ファンタジー作品。主演にはシルク・ドゥ・ソレイユでバイオリニスト、音楽監督として大舞台を作り上げるメンバーとして参加しているポール・ラザー(Paul Lazar)。そのポールが音楽監督も兼任する。そして今、若手女優の中で注目株のモトーラ世理奈が一人三役を演じている。

<ポール・ラザー (Paul Lazar)コメント>
I try actor in this film. This is my first experience! It was good experience ! This film is like a poem, a great poem with movie, with my music. I was so much fun making the musics for this film. We trust that many people feel something and definary find something nostalgy.
今回、作曲家としてだけでなく同時に俳優としても映画造りに参加出来た事は、初めてで且つ素晴らしい経験でした。この映画は、心の動きを音楽でつむぎ、まるで一つの「詩」のような映画です。きっと観客の皆さんをノスタルジックな空間にいざなってくれる事と思います。この詩的空間を我々と一緒に覗いてみて欲しいと思っています

<モトーラ世理奈コメント>
監督の今関さんとは台湾から帰国後一週間ぶりくらいの再会でした。映画「恋恋豆花」とは全く違う色の中で今関監督とご一緒できて嬉しかったです。撮影中は常にヴァイオリンとピアノの旋律が聞こえ、しんとした空気の中ににずっといました。音と映像が合わさって完成したこの作品を見たとき、私自身どのような刺激を受けるか、完成がとても楽しみです。

<今関あきよし監督コメント>
この映画はひとりの少女の命の終焉と誕生を描いた物語。同時に監督である僕自身の「闇」についての映画でもある。
ポールには独自のバイオリン音世界で映像全てを包み込んでもらい、モトーラには徐々に変態し、自由にその姿を変えていく役の為に、一人三役を演じてもらった。並行する複数の時間を一本の映画時空に凝縮し、まだ始まっていない未来、取り戻せない過去を描き出したい。そう願って演出した作品がこの『Memories』。

4 Short+ film screenings with 1 ticket

OC Screening Schedule

1:15pm Aug.17