Directed by Dean Yamada
Jumpei is surrounded by kids. He’s a schoolteacher as well as the uncle of a precious nine-year-old. Then, there are the adults in his life who haven’t quite grown up: his rock-‘n’-rolling girlfriend and his gambling-addict brother-in-law. So, when Jumpei finds out he’s infertile, he thinks he’ll be unmarried and downcast forever. But, he’s given an opportunity to deepen his relationships with the big and little kids that already surround him every day.
Also a teacher, director Dean Yamada is similarly inspired by youthful energies. A professor at Biola University, Yamada took his students to Japan, where they produced this soft-stepping comedy that combines colorful characterizations with the gentle moods of social discovery found in much Japanese cinema. It’s a welcome return for Yamada, a mainstay of the Asian American film festival circuit for his award-winning shorts JITENSHA and PERSIMMON, as he steps into the feature film spotlight with longtime collaborator Yu Shibuya and university students ready to mature into filmmakers themselves.
– Brian Hu
Expected Guests in Attendance: Dean Yamada (Director) for March 13 and March 14 screenings
Co-Presenter: RAMS, Inc
Producer: Dani Light, Matthew Little, Showgo Ookawa, Yu Shibuya, Rachel van der Merwe
Writer: Yu Shibuya
Cinematographer: Daniel McNutt
Editor: Katie Agarth, Michael Asmus, Will Scherer, Zack Smith
Music: Dana Niu
Cast: Yugo Saso, Hiroko Wada, Jumpei Yasui, Masayuki Yui