Casts: Manami Higa, Issei Takahashi, Yukichi Kobayashi, Tomorowo Taguchi
Director: Yuki Makabe Cinematographer: Shinichi Tsunoda Music: Shuichi Mabe
Celebrating 15 year, the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and the Tokyo Skytree ®, Which is celebrating its 1st anniversary since opening, will be collaborating to hold the first ever film festival in the Tokyo Skytree Town ® at Space 634. With the Tokyo Skytree as a backdrop, a special shortfilm was created by director Yukinori Makabe as a part of this collaboration, which will have its premiere at the this year’s festival.
A taxi driver carries an unhappy couple in the back seat. They barely talk and sit facing away from each other. On the radio, a junior-high student talks about the pains of first love. A complicated parallel story set with TOKYO SKYTREE as its backdrop.
As the second project of short film production, we will call for episodes about Tokyo SkyTree. Based on a chosen episode, director who selected by SSFF & ASIA will produce another original short film! Please give us your unique episode!
Born in Okinawa Prefecture, Higa made her film debut in the film Letters from Nirai Kanai (2005). In 2006 she starred in her first regular TV drama series in the NHK drama Dondo Hare, where she was selected out of 2,156 actresses in an audition for the part. Her other credits include the TV dramas Marumo no Okite and Hancho, and the films Saru Lock The Movie, and We Were There – Part 2.
Born in Tokyo in 1980, Takahashi joined the Tobiraza theater company in 2001. He has acted on both film and the stage, with his debut supporting role coming in Fortin Brass (2001). Since then he has had a number of roles in films including All About Lily Chou-Chou, Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Taste of Tea, Swing Girls, and Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World, along with voice work in the Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart.
Born in Tokyo in 1988, Kobayashi made his acting debut in director Naoki Nagao’s Argentina Babā (2006), and since then has starred in films including Tsubaki Sanjuro and Dear My Cosmos, along with director Ryuichi Hiroki’s The Egoist and RIVER. His TV credits include Kaidan Horror Classics and the NHK drama Jun to Ai.
Born in Tokyo in 1957, Taguchi made his stage debut in 1978 and his film debut in 1982. In the early 1980’s he also formed the punk band Bachikaburi and would later star in cult director Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man in 1989. Taguchi would continue to star in a number of films and win awards along the way before expanding into other work, including narration and voice acting. He made his directing debut with the film Iden & Tity in 2003 and won an award for his second directing credit, Shikisoku Generation
Making a special appearance, this comedy duo from Okinawa gained widespread fame after becoming the top runner up at the M-1 Grand Prix comedy competition in 2010.
Working under the production company ROBOT, Makabe was born in 1984 and has directing credits that include TV drama series, short films, music videos, and stage productions. Makabe won the top jury’s award at Louis Vuitton’s Journey Awards 2012 short film festival competition.
Cinematographer Shinichi Tsunoda was born in 1965 and has worked on a number of films directed or produced by Shunji Iwai, including Hana and Alice and friends after 3.11. Taking the skills he has gained from his involvement on a number of documentaries, Tsunoda has successfully worked on a number of films, commercials, music videos, and more, working across a range of genres.