Celebrate Pride with us this summer by watching four films in the PRIDE FILM SERIES that look at LGBTQ diversity in Japan.
A film adaptation of the comic “Love Vibes” by popular manga artist, Erika Sakurazawa, Kakera stars Hikari Mitsushima, from the multi-award winning film Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi), in the lead. The film was released at the same time in Tokyo and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, making a simultaneous premiere in Japan and England. Music is by James Iha.
College student Haru (Hikari Mitsushima) is stuck in an unfulfilling relationship with a boyfriend that’s just not right for her. One day, Rico (Eriko Nakamura), a “medical artist” who makes prosthetic body parts, strikes up a conversation with her. Rico believes that gender has nothing to do with love. The two quickly become intimately involved…
This is the first film directed by Momoko Ando, who is the daughter of actor-turned-director Eiji Okuda and actress Kaz Ando. Her younger sister, Sakura Ando also collaborated on her next film, the critically acclaimed “0.5 mm” (2010), which we screened at JFT in the Japanese Women Directors film series during International Women’s Month in March 2018.
World Premiere: Raindance Film Festival 2009
Film Festivals, Awards
Kinotayo-FESTIVAL DU FILM JAPONAIS CONTEMPORAIN 2009 Prix Nikon de la Belle image
Stockholm International Film Festival Official Entry 2009
Shinsedai Cinema Festival 2010
Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection 2010
Glasgow Film Festival 2010