A Japanese teenager was killed while surfing in Hawaii.
His single mother Sachi flies to Hanalei Bay and confronts this sudden loss.
Since then for ten years, Sachi visits the island every year in the same season and stays a couple of weeks to reconnect with her estranged son.
Sachi can’t fill in the gap of an unbearable distance after all, but one day she meets with two young surfers about the same age as her son when he died.
Japan/USA 2018 97mn 1:1.85 5.1 Japanese/English
Written, Edited and Directed by
Based on the short novel by
Jason K. Lau
Yoh Yoshida (mother/Sachi)
Reo Sano (son/Takashi)
Nijiro Murakami (young surfer/Takahashi)
Guy Sato (young surfer/Miyake)
Louis Kurihara (father/Ozaki)
Cinematography: Ryuto Kondo
Music: Yoshihiro Hanno
Sound Design: Yasuo Hashimoto
Festivals & Awards
Hawaii IFF 2018 – Spotlight on Japan
Sofia IFF 2019 (Bulgaria) – International Competition
Japonism in Paris (Cinemateque Française)
Jeonju IFF – Official Selection
“Pyuupiru 2001 – 2008″ (2010)
“Pieta in the Toilet” (2015)
“Vibration: the Yellow Monkey” (2017)