Tears for You (Nada Sou Sou) J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

This film kicks off the JICC, Embassy of Japan series featuring the fascinating people and local culture of Okinawa! The series begins with eight films made in Okinawa, exploring life in the islands, plus events at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, featuring martial arts and dance.

Yota is a hard-working 21-year-old living in Naha, Okinawa. He has a little step-sister, Kaoru, who lives on a tiny island away from mainland Okinawa. Although Yota dreams of opening up a restaurant someday, he stands by his promise to care for Kaoru by sending her the money he earns.

They are reunited when Kaoru is accepted into a top high school in Naha and the two move in together. They begin to build a new life and Yota works doubly hard to see her through school. Unbeknownst to him, Kaoru takes a part-time job after school in hopes of alleviating Yota’s financial burden. As they begin to struggle with maturing feelings towards each other that run far deeper than a sibling relationship, Yota and Kaoru come to a point where they have to make a decision.

About "Nada Sou Sou"

In the Okinawa dialect nada sou sou means “never-ending tears."

The film was inspired by the song“Nada Sou Sou”, composed by BEGIN with lyrics written by Ryoko Moriyama in 1998. When it was covered by female vocalist Rimi Natsukawa in 2001, it became an instant hit that has taken its place among the most popular ballads of all time in Japan.

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