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40 Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 (Part 2)

I continue with my list of Asian short films that you shouldn’t miss at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia which is taking place online & onsite from June 11th – 21st, 2021.

About the festival:
The Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF) started in 1999 and became an Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences accredited festival in 2004, where the winner of the Short Shorts Grand Prix is eligible to receive an Academy Awards® nomination. SSFF has now become one of the largest short film festivals in Asia. In 2004, SSFF received a request from the Governor of Tokyo to develop film programs showcasing Asian short films. This led to the establishment of the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia. Now, these two festivals take place in Harajuku and Omotesando, Tokyo simultaneously in June as the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.

Selected Films:

Last Lie by Yusaku Okamoto – Japan | 2018
Section: Special Programs

A convenience store is rampaged. Directed by the criminal, Hiroto goes to the scene of the crime and realizes that the hostage is his wife. The criminal’s intent is uncertain, merely telling Hiroto not to lie in order to have her released. He accepts the condition, but his questions are completely unexpected.

Online: Available from April 27th – June 21st, 2021

Last shot by Ji Hyun Yu – South Korea | 2021 – 4 minutes
Section: CG Animation Program

A photographer tired of having repetitive daily life and a ghost waiting for his son. The photographer discovers a ghost through a camera. but the terrified photographer faints. Someone walks in and opens the door when a ghost is confused from an unexpected situation.

Venue: Thursday 17th, 2021 – iTSCOM – 15:40 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Melody’s Melody by Chih-Yin Chen – Taiwan | 2020 – 20 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program VIII

A Middle-aged woman Melody is in love. Though Charlie is 5878km away, and they don’t speak same language. This Charlie from the screen writes songs, cares her so much. The relationship is amazing, except for that it’s very likely Charlie is a scammer. If you don’t try, how would you know this is true love?

Venue: Friday 18th, 2021 – TORQUE – 17:30 pm
Venue: Saturday 19th, 2021 – iTSCOM – 11:20 am
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Mixi by Jyotsna Puthran – India | 20202 – 6 minutes
Section: CG Animation Program

Film which is entirely made using real SEEDS shows the “DARK GRINDING REALITY” behind your favourite DISH i.e-’FORCED CHILD LABOUR’! (Human Trafficking).While you enjoy delicacies, reality is grindingly far different for some.What all it takes for the poor child to get that fancy dish served to you.TurningPoint is how child flees the ‘GRIND’ one night.

Venue: Saturday 19th, 2021 – iTSCOM – 17:50 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Nantong Nights by Leopold Dewolf & Emma Qian Xu – China, France | 2021 – 13 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program VI

Nantong, China. Jian works as an e-driver, driving the cars of customers too drunk to drive home. One night, one of his passengers asks him to be taken to the police station…

Venue: Monday 14th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 15:40 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Night Bus by Joe Hsieh – Taiwan | 2020 – 20 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program IV

On a late-night commuter bus, a necklace was stolen. This was followed by a tragic and fatal road accident, and a series of intriguing turn of events which revealed love, hatred, and vengeance. The film climaxes as the bus went ablaze, burning and glittering against the dark coastal sky.

Venue: Sunday 13th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 17:50 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

No girl is without enemies by Daisuke Kamijyo – Japan | 2020
Section: Special Programs

Rika, a high school girl who belongs to the movie club, was not ready to tell her friends that she is going to another school next month. In such an occasion, the adviser of the movie club notifies her that the club will be closed. To save the club, they have to make a film?! Can Rika complete the film?

Online: Available from April 27th – June 21st, 2021

Prowler by Toshiharu Yeagashi – Japan | 2018
Section: Special Programs

A homeless guy stands in the corner of the city, staring at something. He starts walking, going to a vending machine after another vending machine, searching for pennies. When he just needs come coins, he encounters some strange events.

Online: Available from April 27th – June 21st, 2021

Sanako Yuwakashi, 29 Years Old by Kahori Higashi – Japan | 2019
Section: Special Programs

Sanako, who is feeling lost in her life, is working in a public bath which has been decided to close the business for a stupid reason. Three days before it shuts up, Sanaco gets an idea when she interacts with regular customers. Why not stage a comeback on its last day? A shy, clumsy woman, Sanako creates a furor! This is a Techno Pop public bath movie.

Online: Available from April 27th – June 21st, 2021

SHIBUYA, TOKYO 16:30 by Izumi Ohtomi – Japan | 2020
Section: Special Programs

An aspiring filmmaker visits the office of a film producer, seeking an opportunity to collaborate with him.

Venue: Friday 18th, 2021 – TORQUE – 17:30 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Sneeze! by Yuki Takashima – Japan | 2021 – 9 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program VI

A few years after society collapsed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a thug living in an abandoned building along the railroad tracks gets his hand on a N95 medical mask. He’s about to resell it for an exorbitant amount when an unexpected visitor comes to his door…

Venue: Monday 14th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 15:40 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

The Bird Song by Lawrence Chandam – India | 20202 – 3 minutes
Section: Smartphone Film Competition

A young man, through a telephone conversation, seeks reaffirmation from his mother, for the truth about an incident involving a dead bird in his childhood. Life comes full circle for the son when the mother restores his faith and reassures him that for that little boy – It would always remain true.

Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

The Distant Light by Tatsuya Utsuno – Japan | 2019
Section: Special Programs

A widow man, who has lost his wife in the middle of the suburb village on the mountain, lives with his daughter and his mother. As always, his mother observes the snowy scenery while he and his daughter goes hunting throughout the day. One day, the daughter gets lost in the mountain and his deceased wife shows up. A strange night reveals itself.

Online: Available from April 27– June 21st, 2021

The Recorder Exam by Kim Bo-ra – Korea | 2011 – 28 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program III

Nine-year old Eun-hee anxiously prepares for her recorder exam as she struggles to find a place within her own family.

Venue: Sunday 13th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 11:20 am

The Supermission by Kae Ho – Japan | 2020 – 12 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program VI

An awkward supermarket worker’s worst nightmare begins when she encounters a pushy customer one night.

Venue: Monday 14th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 15:40 pm

Tsurezure Kankan by Takashi Okado, Kedoin Yuki – Japan | 2021 – 16 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program IV

“I’m pretty sure my brother won’t show up at the wedding,” says Kaho to her fiancé Noboru as they head to her house. He brushes it off with confidence, but when they arrive, Kaho’s brother Seitaro turns out to be much quieter than he imagined. On top off that, the siblings suddenly get into an argument.

Venue: Sunday 13th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 17:50 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Unknown Son by Aki Hiraoka – Japan | 2020 – 23 minutes
Section: Special Programs

Haruko Hayashi has been leading a lonely life ever since her son and husband passed away. One day, she receives a phone call from her son who is supposed to be dead. The conversations dispel her loneliness. Meanwhile, the caller, Jun Murata, starts to get tormented by his guilt.

Venue: Sunday 20th, 2021 – TORQUE – 17:30 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

viewers:1 by Yosuke Kobayashi & Daigo Hariya – Japan | 2021 – 5 minutes
Section: Smartphone Film Competition

In the future, after “something” happened to the human race, a man continues to video stream himself in solitude as he wanders about the city ruins for the one single viewer he has.

Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Were the Sun and the Moon to Meet by Nadira Ilana – Malaysia | 2020 – 15 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program I

A pair of young lovers rendezvous as the sun sets on the coastal city of Kota Kinabalu. Elly reveals to that she is moving to Kuala Lumpur and as a final farewell, sings to Emory ‘Terang Bulan’, an Indonesian folk song that resembles the Malaysian national anthem.

Venue: Saturday 12th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 13:30 pm
Online: Available from June 11th – 21st, 2021

Wish on a cocktail by Shinya Kawakami – Japan | 2019 – 18 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program I

Hozumi is widower. He meets the Kondos at a bar, and is intrigued when they make a wish before drinking their hoppy cocktails. Hozumi decides to give it a shot. His wish? “I want to meet my wife on more time…”

Venue: Saturday 13th, 2021 – Space Omotesando – 13:30 pm

To see the 1st part of this article please go here: https://asianfilmfestivals.com/2021/06/08/40-asian-short-films-shouldnt-miss-short-shorts-film-festival-asia-2021-part1/

For more information please go to: https://shortshorts.org/2021/en

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