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.