Short Films from the Okinawa Film Competition

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Short Films from the Okinawa Film Competition
(Supported by Okinawa Film Office)

The Okinawa Film Competition has been held since 2008 to promote film tourism and to bring to light and foster new creators in Okinawa. The Okinawa Film Office supports everything from filmmaking to screen presentations, to include planning, production, and submission to International Film Festivals.

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2016 Film Tourism Promotion Project Short Film Production
Treasure Hunt
監督Directed by Takako Miyahira
出演Cast Yuko Kiroki, Sakura Tsuha, Chika Uehara ほか

"Wanna know a secret?". Lan, the new, quiet girl in class gives Mie and Hana an origami rabbit. In the rabbit's folds hides a treasure map. Answering riddles one by one leads Mie and Hana to an adventure through Naha, a city shared by the old and the new, children and grownups. Between Lan's lies and truths, the two find a great treasure hidden in the City.

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 5th Okinawa Film Competition
The path of Kumiodori
監督Directed by Atsushi Sunagawa, Chikako Yamashiro
出演Cast Takeshi Kamiya, Michihiko Kakazu ほか

Through Kumiodori (traditional Okinawan musical theater) “Hanaui-nu-en”, this film tells a story of performers working to preserve, sustain, and further develop the traditional Ryukyuan performing arts. The film portrays young successors of the traditional arts applying themselves devotedly to cultivate their skills. The entire cast of this film consists of actual performers, who relate the process of how Kumiodori is created, as well as the meaning of the subtle theatrical motions and postures.

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 4th Okinawa Film Competition
Indigo Love
監督Directed by Judy Sachiko Fukumoto
出演Cast Judy Sachiko Fukumoto, Shogen, ほか

Meiling Lan, an actress from Taiwan, comes to Okinawa looking forward to a vacation stay at a high-class resort to relieve herself of job stress. But the place she reserved, “KAFUU”, was a guesthouse similar only in name to a high-end hotel. The guesthouse was run by just three people, quiet Ai and talkative Satoru, and Oba (old lady), the brisk guesthouse owner. Meiling’s hopes for a dream vacation is shattered to pieces…

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 3rd Okinawa Film Competition
The Deer in Me
監督Directed by Kenji Tabuchi
出演Cast Runako Matsuoka, Tomonoshin Iha ほか

Asuka, a fledgling actress from Tokyo, visits Aka Island, one of the outlying islands of Okinawa in the southern seas of Japan. Jo, a junior school student and the son of the guesthouse owner, is uncomfortable being in front of an actress who he has seen only on TV; yet he is asked to take Asuka on a tour of the island. While walking the island, Asuka sees a Kerama deer, a natural treasure. As she listens to Jo’s father tell the story about the Kerama deer, Asuka has flashbacks of harsh words of her co-workers and becomes depressed. Life on the island with Jo gradually changes Asuka’s outlook.

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 2nd Okinawa Film Competition Short Film
Mother of the Groom
監督Directed by Tsukasa Kishimoto
出演Cast Moeko Fukuda, Toru Ohta, ほか

Winner of the 2012 Best Short Award (Minister’s Award) in “Let’s Travel! Project ~ Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia” by the Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

The son who left home several years ago returns to the island to report his engagement with a woman he met in Tokyo. The film comically portrays marriage in Okinawa through battles between the son and mother, and the bride-to-be who is tasked to help out with ukui*, a traditional Okinawan event, to be accepted as a member of the Okinawan family.

*Ukui… A ritual to see off the ancestral spirits back to the other world on the last day of Obon (a festival to honor the spirit of the ancestors).

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 2nd Okinawa Film Competition
Rose Balsam
監督Directed by Hirotoshi Tamaki
出演Cast POKKE104 (Yukino Ikeshiro), Issei Fukuhara, ほか

Akane is a yuta* living with her mother and son. One day, her seven-year-old son disappears. Akane cannot accept the loss of her son, when a woman visits and asks Akane to find her missing son. Akane is forced to leave her secluded world and face reality.

*Yuta… A magico-religious professional who delivers divine messages and conducts medicinal rites through direct contact and communication with divine spirits, the spirit of the dead, and other supernatural beings. (Source: The Okinawa Encyclopedia)

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 1st Okinawa Film Competition
監督Directed by Ryugo Nakamura
出演Cast Taeko Yoshida, Shinichi Tsuha

The goat, raised with care for the son’s wedding, runs away and meets a young boy.
The story takes place in a hamlet in Yanbaru, where old Okinawan scenery still remains. A goat, carefully raised by an old man for his son’s wedding celebration, runs away on the day of the wedding, causing an upheaval in the village. As the goat runs away in frenzy, what it sees is the beautiful scenery of Okinawa. The goat meets a young boy, and becomes aware of its own fate…

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 1st Okinawa Film Competition
Harusa – People who love farming
監督Directed by Higa Brothers
出演Cast Ai Kawamitsu ほか

In a tranquil farming village of Yanbaru, Okinawa, surrounded by lush nature, there lived a girl that loved vegetables dearly. The young girl worked hard from early morning in the fields of Yanbaru. Her name was Ai: an honest and modest girl who loved farming. Her daily routine was to work out in the field with Oba (grandma). But after work, she transforms! At Club YANBARU, a highly popular club in Naha City, she appears on the crowded dance floor as Harusa Ai and dances away. She defeats flirty men in drinking matches, and continues to dance…. And the next morning, rubbing her sleepy eyes, Ai heads towards the field with a hoe in her hand.

Okinawa Film Office Supported Film from the 1st Okinawa Film Competition
Ti-da mail
監督Directed by Toshihiko Nohara
出演Cast Kenta Nakaza ほか

A story about the exchanges between the local residents and a postman newly assigned to rural Okinawa. This first live film directed by CG creator Toshihiko Nohara depicts the typical slow and laid-back life in Okinawa, with fukugi trees, red tile roofs, and ordinary Okinawan people. While seemingly familiar, Nohara’s portrayal of Okinawa throughout the film somehow causes viewers to feel estranged. The indescribable, slight perceptual gap exemplifies Toshihiko Nohara’s views of Okinawa.

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