CINEMA FIGHTERS Program
Under the Black Dress
Only black clothing and only black food... A girl, Yui(Dream Ami), runs a tiny tailor in a world which has lost color. Only black clothing is allowed but she secretly makes colorful clothes in her hidden workroom. She encounters a mysterious drifting painter (Takeshi Kaga) who encourages her to show her true colors.
Director : Toshimichi Saito
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1985, Toshimichi Saito received a B.A. in Economics from Doshisha University and an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His thesis short, 'A Warm Spell' ('14), won 15 awards worldwide, including the Grand Prix at Tehran International Short Film Festival, the Grand Prix at New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo, the Best Narrative Short at Queens World Film Festival in New York and the Best National Short Award at Sapporo International Short Film Festival, in addition to screening at 36 film festivals in 14 countries. After working for Spike Lee as his assistant editor, he returned to Japan to further hone his cinematic voice. He now directs at AOI Pro., Japan's leading commercial/film production company.