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40 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia – 2022 (Part 1)

These are forty short films you shouldn’t miss at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Japan) which is taking place in cinemas until June 19th and online until June 21st. Winners will be screened online until June 30th, 2022.

To watch the films go to: https://shortshorts.org/2022/en – Register and enjoy the films for free online word wide (Some countries may have restrictions).

– Selected Shorts –

6legs by Isamu Hirabayashi – Japan | 2020 – 15 minutes
Section: Japanese Filmmakers on the Rise 2

A mother, father, and child are trapped in a dark box. The child coughs intermittently. The mother asks how they ended up in this situation and father replies that he has no clue. The sound of bombs exploding in the distance. What’s going on? (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

A Family Portrait by Hiroyuki Ohmi – Japan | 2021 – 4 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 7

Nika returns to her hometown Kiryu to announce her upcoming marriage to her family. Since her grandmother has passed away, her father and mother are alone at home. Nika wants to bring a bit of cheer to the family, but their thoughts and feelings are at odds with each other. Then, her mother suddenly disappears… (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 16, 2022 | Thursday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

A Guitar in the Bucket by Boyung Kim – South Korea | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Animation Program 3

In a world where you can rent everything from vending machines, a girl wants to be a guitarist, but people choose otherwise for her. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 19, 2022 | Sunday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 11:20 am [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

A Woman who Acts by Toshiyuki Teruya – Japan | 2020 – 19 minutes
Section: Okinawa Program 1

Akira is an old man with little time left to live due to illness. He has a young and beautiful wife, Yoshiko, who tries to take him outside to enjoy his last days. She looks delighted as Akira gets weaker and weaker. What are her true intentions? (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Black Rainbow by Zig Dulay – Philippines | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 1

An aeta boy chases his dream of going to school in order to learn how to read the legal documents given to their community, and to understand why they are being forced to give up their ancestral lands. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 9, 2022 | Thursday | Euro Live | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

Blink in the Desert by Shinobu Soejima – Japan | 2021 – 11 minutes
Section: Anime Program 2

Malice comes up abruptly. In the blnk of an eye. Suddenly on a whim like a flapping insect. One day a young hermit finds a winged insect and crushes it out of disgust. Meanwhile, the elephant sees the incident but says nothing. From that day on , the boy is chased by shadows of the winged insects. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 11, 2022 | Saturday | Omotesando Hills Space O | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

Dark Yellow by Hye-sun Koo – Korea | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 4

He wonders about her.
What lies deep inside her?

Screening:
June 11, 2022 | Saturday | Omotesando Hills Space 0 | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Gratitude by Eita Nagayama – Japan | 2022 – 21 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 11

A man wanders alone, separated from his family, in search of a place to die. He runs away from the massage therapist who is supposed to comfort him and drives deep into the mountains in a stolen car. He abandons the car and walks further into the forest where he meets a strange young man.

Screening:
June 18, 2022 | Saturday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
There is NO Online screening for this movie

How to Get Lost in Your Own Room by Jaehyun Park – Korea | 2021 – 12 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 7

Somewhere foggy. It turns out that this is a place in a VR game played by Jeong-Im. The purpose of the game is to find a house in an unfamiliar place. Jeong-Im begins to enjoy the game in the game, and finally arrives home, but the game does not end.

Screening:
June 16, 2022 | Thursday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

I Order You by Ryosuke Hayazaka – Japan | 2021 – 5 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program

Twenty-four-year-old Mari is in love with a pizza delivery man. His beautiful shoes, hands, and eyes have stolen her heart. She’s ordered the same pizza 44 times just to see him again. One day, unable to hold back her feelings any longer, she fortifies herself with some wine, gathers up her courage, and runs out of the room to talk to him…. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 17, 2022 | Friday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 15:40 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Just Another Summer Day by Yoshika Matsuoka – Japan | 2021 – 25 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 9

It was “just” a summer day spent with someone she didn’t know, who was drunk and had lost her memory. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 17, 2022 | Friday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 15:40 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Kichijoji Go Go by Raita Yabushita – Japan | 2020 – 17 minutes
Section: Japanese Filmmakers on the Rise 3

Aki and Mari travel back in time from 1970 and arrive in modern-day Inokashira Park where they encounter an old man. What surprising relationship is revealed when they cross paths? (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Last Call by Eysham Ali – Singapore | 2021 – 14 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 4

Nadia, who is in her 40s, is a new airport ground staff. In her first week on the job, she must deal with a stubborn elderly passenger who arrives late for check-in and insists on travelling to attend his daughter’s wedding. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 11, 2022 | Saturday | Omotesando Hills Space 0 | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Like You by Tetsuya Uesugi – Japan | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program

Ryo, a student at a local university, plans to move to Tokyo to become a photographer after graduation. His friend Yuki chooses to stay in her hometown and lead a stable life. This is the story of one night in the life of two young people, who are about to start their own lives. One pursuing a dream and the other choosing a stable life. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 10, 2022 | Friday | Omotesando Hills Space 0 | 15:40 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Living While Black, in Japan by Shiho Fukada & Keith Bedford – Japan | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Non-Fiction 3

African Americans in Japan discuss how racial issues in the U.S. affected their decision to live abroad. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 19, 2022 | Sunday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Lucky Fish by Emily Jampel – USA | 2021 – 9 minutes
Section: Shubuya Diversity Program

Two Asian-American teenagers meet in the bathroom of a Chinese restaurant while having dinner with their families. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 11, 2022 | Saturday | TORQUE SPICE & HERB, TABLE & COURT | 19:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Manibus Seeds by Kensuke Ashihara – Japan | 2021 – 25 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program

One day, an envelope arrives in the mailbox from an unknown sender. When opened, contained inside were plant seeds. Deciding to grow the seeds, what grew was something that looked like a “human hand.” (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 9, 2022 | Thursday | Euro Live | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Maturity by Nazanin Ghanbarimohammadi – Iran | 2021 – 5 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program 10

Boys and girls are treated differently when it comes to traditional Iranian culture. When a boy is circumcised, they have a ceremony by celebration to honor his Transformation. While at the same party while eating dinner a little girl has her period for first time, but she gets punished for having her first menstrual cycle. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 18, 2022 | Saturday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Moshari by Nuhash Humayun – Bangladesh | 2022 – 22 minutes
Section: Asian International & Japan Program

Moshari’ is a traditional South Asian mosquito net, made for protection against vermin at night. When the world is overrun with bloodthirsty creatures, staying inside the moshari is the only way to safety. In Dhaka, Bangladesh: two sisters must stay inside the moshari to survive – but first they must survive each other. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 17, 2022 | Friday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 15:40 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

My Color by Rito Ishikawa – Japan | 2022 – 5 minutes
Section: U-25 Project 1

“I want everyone to have a better understanding of sexual minorities.” This is a message video produced by a junior high school student. We hope that the video will bring even a little more understanding to those who watch it. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 10, 2022 | Friday | TORQUE SPICE & HERB, TABLE & COURT | 19:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

To read the second part of this article please go to: HERE

For more information, please visit: https://shortshorts.org/2022/en

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