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40 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022 (Part 2)

We continue with our list of 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 screen 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).

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

– Selected Shorts –

Octopus by Isamu Hirabayashi – Japan | 2015 – 25 minutes
Section: Japanese Filmmakers on the Rise

On set for a commercial, an actress is overcome with a stomachache after eating forbidden octopus. With her stuck in the bathroom, the production is left with a furious client, nervous producer, and a chaotic set. (SSFF 2022)

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

Rooster by Myo Aung – Myanmar | 2021 – 10 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 2

Hung-hsia, a 12-year-old Burmese girl from a village in northern Myanmar, is married off to a wealthy Chinese family in Yunnan, China, whom she has never met. On the date of the wedding, the groom is bedridden with illness and unable to attend, and Hung-hsia has to complete the ceremony with a rooster. (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]

Clip:

Sandstorm by Seemab Gul – Pakistan | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 11

Zara, a schoolgirl in Karachi (Pakistan), shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who then blackmails her. Caught between his manipulative behaviour and the desire to experience love on her own terms, Zara searches for the strength to reject the confines of a patriarchal society. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 18, 2022 | Saturday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Senko-Hanabi by Hitomi Kuroki – Japan | 2022 – 25 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 12

Miki suddenly returns to her home town. When her parents realize that she is expecting, they question her. Then Miki finds a letter in her desk. The letter, which she and her best friend Uzuki had continued writing during their school days, contained the lyrics that gave them comfort back then. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 19, 2022 | Sunday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 15:40 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Shifting Sands by May Thin Kyi – Myanmar | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Non-Fiction 2

Every year, thousands of people flock to Yangon from rural dry zone to work in the factories. Ma Nwet Yin Win is one of them. She left her home on an island in the Ayeyarwaddy River twenty years ago, fighting for workers’ rights. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 12, 2022 | Sunday | Omotesando Hills Space O | 13:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

SHOLTE: The Lamp Wick by Hemanta Sadeeq – Bangladesh | 2022 – 13 minutes
Section: Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony’s Xperia

when teenage Pradip lost his father, he became helpless. The pandemic made living tougher and Pradip also had to complete the rituals of his father’s funeral. But the question arises, when he got to know that, funeral won’t be completed without a picture of the late person, is it really obvious to complete the funeral? (SSFF 2022)

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

Silence in Tokyo by Katsuhiko Mori – Japan | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Cinematic Tokyo Program

In 2020, COVID-19 suddenly strikes the world. A state of emergency is declared and people disappear from the streets. The director, Katsuhiko Mori filmed the streets every night in a deserted Tokyo, documenting a landscape and an era that may never be seen again. Set to the universal sound of classical music. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 17, 2022 | Friday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Sound of the Night by Sok Chanrado & Kongkea Vann – Cambodia | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 12

Vibol and his brother Kea sell noodles on a motorized cart every night on the streets of Phnom Penh. They often face troublesome threats from gangsters and thieves, even if these very people are their only customers. As the city is growing around them, they consider their unstable income and imagine a different future. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 19, 2022 | Sunday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 15:40 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

Stalker by Rodolfo Ogura – Japan | 2022 – 5 minutes
Section: Smartphone Film Competition supported by Sony’s Xperia

A student in her daily life is stalked by a stalker on her way home. (SSFF 2022)

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

Takano Intersection by Mizuki Ito – Japan | 2021 – 7 minutes
Section: Anime Program 2

In a certain city, for just a moment in time, the lives of three strangers intersect. (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:

Tank Fairy by Erich Rettstadt – Taiwan, USA | 2021 – 10 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 1

Once upon a time, the magical Tank Fairy delivered tanks of gas (with plenty of sass) to the home of young Jojo, a lonely dreamer in need of a glittery godmother… (SSFF 2022)

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

Trailer:

The Devil in the Afternoon by Mayu Nakamura – Japan | 2017 – 15 minutes
Section: Japanese Filmmakers on the Rise

An actor is practicing his lines at a park. One day, he is accused of sexually abusing a young girl by a group of young moms. This film depicts the dark side of a peaceful middle class family. (SSFF 2022)

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

The Headhunter’s Daughter by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan – Philippines | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 11

Leaving her family behind, Lynn traverses the harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands to try her luck in the city as a country singer. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 18, 2022 | Saturday | iTSCOM STUDIO & HALL Futakotamagawa Rise | 17:50 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

The Limit Taxi Girl by Masaya Yoshida – Japan | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 7

Saki, a lawyer, gets into a waiting cab to go to the airport. But the driver of the cab was her sister Satomi, who had been waiting for her, and against her sister’s wishes, drove her to the hospital where her mother was in critical condition. (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]

The Sea Calls for Me by Tumpal Tampubolon – Indonesia | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 6

Sura lives alone in the fishing village, waiting for his father to return home. When one day he finds a sex doll, he finds a companion and a surrogate parent. But this companionship is threatened by Argo, who wants to take it away from Sura. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 12, 2022 | Sunday | Omotesando Hills Space O | 11:20 am [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

The Silent Echo by Suman Sen – India | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 10

Mustang region – Nepal. Four teenagers, from a remote mountain village, spend their days in an abandoned bus on a ridge, playing music. When a band competition is organized in a neighboring town, they gather money and courage to be part of it. (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]

Trailer:

Tokyo 21st October by Hiroshi Okuyama – Japan | 2018 – 12 minutes
Section: Japanese Filmmakers on the Rise

A mother and son are eating sushi at a conveyer belt sushi bar in Tokyo. This film depicts their conversation using cutout animation. (SSFF 2022)

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

Trailer:

Unforgettable by Junki Tachibana – Japan | 2022 – 21 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 5

Shinji’s life has been ruined by Kyosuke’s crime. Shinji struggles with his relationship with his brother. As his brother is about to be released from prison, his fianc?e leaves him, his is estranged with his mother, and the truth about Kyosuke’s crime. He realizes there’s still a connection regardless of his feelings. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 11, 2022 | Saturday | Omotesando Hills Space O | 20:00 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Trailer:

Veils by Erika Nakayama – Japan | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Ladies for Cinema Project

Ayumi and Sayaka are looking forward to having a wedding photo shoot on their five-year anniversary. (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 10, 2022 | Friday | TORQUE SPICE & HERB, TABLE & COURT | 19:30 pm | [Buy tickets here]
June 18, 2022 | Saturday | TORQUE SPICE & HERB, TABLE & COURT | 19:30 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

Water and Fish by Hina Murata – Japan | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Asia International & Japan Program 3

Uozumi and Mizushiro are third-year junior high school students. They have a lot in common and go to and from school together. One day, Uozumi hears from someone that Mizushiro has moved. Uozumi decides to follow in his footsteps. He arrives to find… (SSFF 2022)

Screening:
June 10, 2022 | Friday | Omotesando Hills Space O | 20:00 pm [Buy tickets here]
Online until June 30th, 2022 [Watch it here]

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

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

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