CineMatsuri Shorts: Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.





"CineMatsuri Shorts” is a new addition to the CineMatsuri lineup. On Thursday, March 30 - one day only - the Japan-America Society of Washington DC will showcase the future of Japanese cinema by screening eight short films from up-and-coming Japanese directors, actors, and screenwriters. While CineMatsuri shows full-length feature films with broad cultural appeal, “CineMatsuri Shorts” will push the cutting edge of Japanese cinematic innovation and creativity, with trendy, edgy, and independently-made short films.

CineMatsuri Shorts is produced in cooperation with Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, a Japan-born, Academ Awards(R)-accredited event that is now one of the largest film festivals in Asia. CineMatsuri Shorts will screen at the E Street Cinema on Thursday, March 30 from 7:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased directly from the E Street Cinema.

Tickets


Sociopaths
ソシオパス
Sociopaths


Director: A.T.


A girl encounters an android on the street. She finds something strange about the experience and decides to follow the android to give it a "message."

街でアンドロイドと出会った少女は、違和感を覚える。 そして「ある事」を伝えるために、少女は後をつけていくが……

Hana
ハナ
Hana


Director: Yusaku Okamoto


A Story about high school girl who has a complex about the size of her breasts.

芥川龍之介の小説「鼻」を、胸の大きさにコンプレックスを 抱えた女子高生の話に二次創作した、第一回 BookShortsアワード受賞作「HANA」の映像化。

Blue

Blue


Director: Yukinori Makabe


A film inspired by jazz artist Yurifa Matsumoto’s “You Named Me Blue.”
Like artwork in a museum, this film invites you to appreciate the world presented with the right-half of your brain.

ジャズシンガー・松本ゆりふぁによる楽曲「You Named Me Blue」の世界観からインスピレーションし、物語を紡いだ作品。美術館で絵画を鑑賞するような感覚、右脳で観て頂きたい映画です。

Miyuki no Fuurin
美雪の風鈴
Miyuki’s Wind Bell


Director: Ken Ochiai


Miyuki visits her grandmother with her two younger step brothers. The inconvenience of country life is not for Miyuki and this only exasperates her. She meets Genki who shows her a "secret place" where an unexploded bomb from World War II is kept.

両親が旅行に行くため、腹違いの弟二人のお守りを任された美雪は、祖母の住む田舎を訪れる。弟たちは初めての田舎暮らしを楽しむが、美雪はあまりの不便さに不満を持ち、祖母にも弟たちにも冷たくあたる。そんなある日、美雪は村の青年、元気に誘われ、「秘密の場所」へと連れられる。そこで美雪が目にしたのは、第二次世界大戦中に米軍によって落とされた不発弾であった。

Shichigorosawa no Kitsune
七五郎沢の狐
The Fox of Shichigorosawaer


Director: Tune Sugihara


Higashiyama have been living by the Shichigoro swap for generations, but humans have begun polluting these waters with medical waste… Through traditional Ainu storytelling, this story illustrates the tale of this Fox entirely in Ainu.

函館東山の狐は、先祖代々七五郎沢で暮してきたが、人間たちが沢に医療廃棄物を捨てるようになり……。この物語はアイヌ神謡の手法を取り入れ、全編アイヌ語で語られています。

Tokyo Cosmo
東京コスモ
Tokyo Cosmo


Director: Takahiro Miyauchi


Living alone in Tokyo, a woman struggles to fights the stress of her monotonous job and the loneliness of the city each day. One day, her toy pig awakens to send her into a magical world, and what awaits her there…

東京で一人暮らしをする女性。仕事に疲れ、孤独と戦っていた。彼女を元気づけるため、ブタのぬいぐるみが夢の世界へと連れ出すが、そこに待ち受けていたのは… 孤独と生活感をテーマに描くフルCGエンタテイメント作品

Koharu Biyori
小春日和
A Warm Spell


Director: Toshimichi Saito


Nao gave up his dream of painting to take over the family-run post office.  His older brother, Masanobu, left home to become a doctor.  When their mother's funeral brings the two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments.

大阪の病院に勤める医師、正信は母親の治療に当っていたが、命を救うことはできなかった。母の亡骸と共に岡山の実家に帰ると、そこには正信の代わりに夢を捨て、家業の郵便局を継いだ弟の直生が待ち受けていた。

Shabu-Shabu Spirit
しゃぶしゃぶスピリット
Shabu-Shabu Spirit


Director: Yuki Saito


A fiancé, Keita, goes to meet the family, the father, Shozo, begins his secret appraisal – a test to see whether this fiancé is worthy or not of marrying his daughter. Trying to reduce the distance between them, the mother prepares a single nabe (cooking pot) for the shabu-shabu meal. As Shozo’s eyes glint brightly, Keita reaches towards the shabu-shabu.

娘の彼氏が結婚の挨拶にやってきた。娘の旦那にふさわしい男かどうか、正藏の密かな値踏みが始まる。同じ鍋をつつき距離を縮めさせようと、母が用意したしゃぶしゃぶ。正藏の目が光る中、慶太はしゃぶしゃぶに手を伸ばす。