Hadashi aka “Barefoot” is a samurai cinema-obsessed Japanese high school teen who feels alienated from the rest of her school’s film club. She spends most of her time watching the classics with her two best friends: a kendo enthusiast and a sci-fi geek. Tired of competing for attention with the club’s director and her incessant rom-com endeavors, Barefoot decides to finally produce her unrealized script Samurai Spring over the course of a summer, encountering some interesting challenges and people along the way.

IT’S A SUMMER FILM! is a film for cinephiles, a love letter to the affirmative power of the medium. Starring Japanese pop idol and actress Marika Ito, it’s a rare female-focused story about young artists who discover themselves through their craft yet manage to retain a sense of joy along the way and recognize the absurdity of the production experience. Incorporating multiple genres – romantic comedy, swordsmanship, even science-fiction, this film has the potential to inspire others to dust off that screenplay and set up the first take.

-Lee Ngo



Online Access

Access Window: November 4, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Soushi Matsumoto
PRODUCER(S)Yoko Shizuka, Yusuke Wakabayashi
SCREENWRITER(S)Soushi Matsumoto, Naoyuki Miura
CASTKilala Inori, Marika Ito, Daichi Kaneko, Yuumi Kawai
CINEMATOGRAPHERHiroshi Iwanaga, Hironori Yamazaki

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 97 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Japanese, with English subtitles


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