SSFF & ASIA will join the "Kawagoe City Short Film Award", which is a competition of movies filmed in KawagoeCity, to host its award ceremony and screening nominated films. This award aims to discover the local attractiveness and spread this through films. After releasing the award winner and other nominated pieces, Kawagoe city is planning a local screening and will also post works on the kawagoecitychannel YouTube page.
From Kawagoe, Saitama. Debuted in the 1973 production of Jesus Christ Superstar by the Shiki Theatrical Company. He has since starred in a variety of shows (including musicals, straight plays and monodramas), and has appeared in a wide range of films and TV dramas. Currently starring in 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'. Anticipated to appear in repeat performances of 'NINAGAWA Macbeth', 'Fiddler on the Roof', as well as the film 'Dorobou Yakusha' (‘Thief Actor’; November release). Mr Ichimura serves as an envoy of Kawagoe, a town that harks back to the Edo Period, conveying to audiences both at home and abroad the enduring charm of his hometown.
Yoshiaki Kawai, Mayor of Kawagoe
Born in 1950. Graduated from the Department of Political Economy at Waseda University, and the Department of Literature at the Tokyo University of Education (now the University of Tsukuba). Qualified lawyer. In office since 2009 (currently serving third term).
His political creed is to ‘stand for justice and impartiality’. Hobbies are 'reading and walking'.
Tetsuya Bessho President of Short Shorts Film Festival
Tetsuya Bessho made his Hollywood debut with the film "Solar Crisis" (1990) and has since performed in stage productions such as "Les Miserables”. He is the president and founder of SSFF & ASIA and has received numerous awards including the 63rd Yokohama Culture Award. He is currently a VISIT JAPAN Ambassador and designated member of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he manages the overseas promotion of “Japan.”
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Let's meet in the treasure pond
Kawada had started to have feelings for his girlfriend's sister Etsuko. Meanwhile, Etsuko had also started to have feelings for Kawada.
Their feelings for each other remained unrequited but they both kept these feelings for each other hidden deep in their hearts.
A love story in the present that draws on the past centering on memories from the Zeniarai Benten at Kawagoe / Kumano Shrine.
Two young men find a statue that works miracles in Tanukiyama park.
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He goes to Kawagoe to try and meet her but…
Sakura is a former idol who was known for her cool demeanor and never smiling.
One day, unexpectedly, she wins the title of “Miss Sweet Potato.” As part of her title, she has to smile all the time. This is the story of her warm relationship with Kawagoe City officers & how she got her smile back.