One Summer Story

November 12, 2022
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NY Premiere. Lensed by cinematographer Akiko Ashizawa, longtime Director of Photography for Kiyoshi Kurosawa whose collaborations include Tokyo Sonata and To the Ends of the Earth, Shuichi Okita’s charming One Summer Story focuses on one summer in the life of 17-year-old Minami Sakura, a high school swimmer and avid anime geek. By chance, she runs across Shohei, another fan of her favorite anime, on the last day of school—sparking an immediate rapport. Recognizing a handwritten talisman that Minami received from an anonymous sender, Shohei informs Minami that it originates from a new religious cult possibly connected to her missing biological father. Intrigued by the mystery, Minami and Shohei set out to investigate, beginning the adventure of a lifetime.

Dir. Shuichi Okita, 2020, 138 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Moka Kamishiraishi, Kanata Hosoda, Yuki Saito, Etsushi Toyokawa.

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

Image: © 2020 “One Summer Story” Film Partners © Rettou Tajima/KODANSHA

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 12, 2022
  • 7:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets