Okinawa Short Film Night, Part 1 & Cocktails Okinawa Week

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Okinawa Prefectural Government

Kicking off our Okinawa Film Festival we open with a cocktail night and screening of short films! We open the evening at 6:00 pm with cocktails made with awamori, a distilled alcoholic beverage indigenous to Okinawa, as well as light refreshments from the islands. At 6:40 pm the film screenings will begin.

Please note that food and drink are prohibited in the auditorium. Guests must be over 21 and present valid ID in order to consume alcoholic beverages.

Indigo Love

Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 20 min | 2012 | Directed by Sachiko Fukumoto

An actress from Taiwan, Meiling Lan, had planned a break from the stress of work with relaxing stay at a high-class resort in Okinawa called “Kafu”. However, instead of the luxurious hotel she imagined, she discovers her reservation was instead made for a small guest house with the same name. She meets her hosts: a straight-talking old woman who is also the owner, a joker named Satoru, and a taciturn “fisherman” named Ai. The actress begins to see her relaxing vacation fall apart…


Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 20 min | 2013 | Directed by Chikako Yamashiro and Atsushi Sunagawa

Museum worker Takeshi Kamiya manages to find time every day to practice the traditional Ryukyu art of "Kumiodori" and shows the path of the artist as he works and performs on stage.

His son, Takeshi had experienced lonely days without his father who was almost never home between his time practicing and appearing on stage, but eventually decides to join his busy father in aiming to be a performer of "Kumiodori". That is when he meets "Marumun", the embodiment of traditional arts, which dwells in the theatre.

Mother of the Groom

Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 25 min | 2010 | Directed by Tsukasa Kishimoto

After leaving home several years ago, Higa Eiichi and Ito Shiori, both now living in Tokyo, announce their marriage and return to Okinawa. Their return just so happened to be in the middle of the “Obon” festival in Okinawa. Upon returning to the family home, Eiichi finds his father has passed away and his mother, Chikako and grandmother, Kamado, are less than pleased with the marriage declaring that it is ‘None of their business. He can do whatever he wants’. However, the couple who desperately want their marriage accepted and blessed are given conditions by Chikako. Shiori must clear the high hurdle of helping with ‘Ukui*’ an Okinawa traditional event of which she knows nothing about.

*Ukui: A ceremony that welcomes back and then sees off the ancestors of each household from the 13th to the 16th of July in the lunar calendar. (from Okinawa Encyclopedia)

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