Best friends and members of the local taiko troupe drumming in their hometown’s festival, Sho (Yuki Kura) and Taiga (Roy Ishiuchi) find themselves at a crossroads with high school graduation in sight. Taiga refocuses on studying and career prep, while Sho can’t imagine pursuing anything beyond his daily life in Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture. When Sho’s grandfather mysteriously advises him that he will find happiness when he sees one chimney overlapping with another, he sets off on a journey of discovery across the former coal mining town, meeting the guitar-toting Miyako (Nari Saito). Hailing from Fukuoka herself, actress Elaiza Ikeda insightfully directs her young protagonists in this sweet local coming of age story, with memorable performances by established and veteran actors such as Kiki Sugino and Lily Franky as Sho’s mother and grandfather.
Official Selection, Jeonju International Film Festival 2020
Official Selection, Shanghai International Film Festival 2020