High school student Minami has a happy life with her mom and stepdad, enjoys swimming and her favorite anime Buffalo Koteko the Magical Plasterer. She’s never met her biological father, but hasn’t been too bothered about that. However, when she receives a mysterious handwritten talisman in the mail it sets off a chain of events that peak her interest in her ‘real dad’.

With help from classmate and fellow Koteko fan Shohei, she learns that her father was the leader of an infamous cult who has renounced his position and disappeared. Determined to track him down, they enlist the assistance of Shohei’s brother and discover his location. With a clever ruse in place, Minami masterminds a plan to sneak off from her summer swim camp to meet her enigmatic dad. Her summer adventure begins….

The latest from Shuichi Okita (THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN – HIFF32, ECOTHERAPY GETAWAY HOLIDAY – HIFF34 to name a few), ONE SUMMER STORY is a languid, sun-soaked exploration of self discovery and the nature of familial connection, wrapped in a coming of age tale. A heartfelt and uplifting film, a must-see at HIFF41!

-Anna Page



Online Access

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

Live Stream

Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Shuichi Okita
PRODUCER(S)Ryuhei Tsutsui, Kenichi Yoshida, Miyuki Sato, Suguru Kubota
SCREENWRITER(S)Mitsuhiko Fujiki, Shuichi Okita
CASTYudai Chiba, Kanata Hosoda, Moka Kamishiraishi, Yuki Saito, Etsushi Toyokawa

You Might Also Like:

Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2020
RUN TIME: 138 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Japanese, with English subtitles


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin