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Directed by Various

Japan 2015 107 mins.

Our Portland Sister City colleagues at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival in Sapporo, Japan, return with a new program of highlights from this year’s tenth annual event. The program of new Japanese shorts includes A.T.’s Sociopath, which revolves around a meeting between a normal girl and a mysterious, strange android; Kristof Sagna’s Savage Night, where a castoff baby is discovered by a prostitute working for the mafia, with potentially damaging consequences; Shigeyoshi Tsukahara’s Joseito, a look into the daily life of a schoolgirl during the Showa period; Toshimichi Saito’s A Warm Spell, which follows Naoki, a young man at a crossroads following his mother’s funeral; Yu Shibuya’s The Apology, a poignant story of an apology that comes 100 years after the incident; and Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy!, in which Setsuko, a 55-year-old “office lady” is given a new perspective on her identity when a colleague gives her a blond wig.

Genres: Short

Appears in: Japanese Currents