Let Me Hear It Barefoot

November 19, 2022
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After dropping out from college, Naomi (Sion Sasaki) works at his father’s trash collecting company. On the way back from collecting old records, he encounters the local pool staff person Maki (Shuri Suwa) and his blind adoptive mother Midori (Jun Fubuki). To fulfill Midori’s wishes of seeing the world, Naomi and Maki began to record traveling tapes of a fictional world-trip. As their “footprints” cover the Sahara Desert, the Blue Grotto, Iguazu Falls and more, the hard-to-stop recording becomes the bond of a secretive and delicate romantic affair. As their “world-trip” draws to a close, overflowing emotions and desires explode in upgrading violent physical clashes. Riho Kudo’s second feature (her debut, Orphan Blues was shown in JC 2019) delicately portrays the melancholia of young adulthood, filled with two boys’ loneliness and their repressed affection as they traverse auditory-induced landscapes.

Dir. Riho Kudo, 2021, 128 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Shion Sasaki, Shuri Suwa, Kaho Ito, Jun Fubuki, Masahiro Komoto.

Part of the ACA Cinema Project, The Female Gaze: Women Filmmakers from JAPAN CUTS and Beyond
November 11—20, 2022

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ACA Cinema Project, The Female Gaze: Women Filmmakers from JAPAN CUTS and Beyond is Co-presented by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Lead Sponsor

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • 7:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets