Preview: Japanese One-shot Films of 2018

Kids on the Slope (live action)

In a balmy summer, Japan countryside 1966, three friends: an honor roll student, a devil-may-care notorious “bad boy” and a girl next door. A perfect bittersweet slice of life with teen angst, friendship, some (b)romance and Jazz. A perfect portrayal of the harmony of ever-changing youth and music.

Over Drive 

At the Seiko Cup Rally Series talented young drivers hope to advance to the World Rally Championship. This is the rip-roaring racetrack story of the Hiyama brothers. The heating course began when Atsuhiro, a chief mechanic and an engineer becomes the manager of his own troublemaking, prodigal brother, an extremely gifted driver for Supika Racing Factory, and reckless racer, which is where the friction lights the highest, in the full-thrust acceleration.


After the Rain (live action)

Akira Tachibana a 17-year-old high school student, is one a promising athlete, broken athlete. An injury has permanently taken her away from the track. As she works part0time in a family restaurant the manager talks to her in a tender voice and she falls for him.


My Little Monster (live action)

Dead-cold inside-out “dry ice” Shizuku cares only and only about studying. Haru, the boy who sits next to her, barely comes to school. He got first place in every subject. Haru’s image-contradicting gentle manner and his lack of knowledge of human relationships brought him closer to Shizuku. Haru immediately declares his love towards Shizuku, but it takes much longer for Shizuku to realize and accept her own feelings towards Haru. Together, as two previously unsocial beings, they help each other learn how to care for each other and relate with their friends and family.



Note: First 3 on the list are confirmed to be screened by Major Cineplex this summer. 


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