CICADA

AAAFF 2014

FILM INFORMATION

YEAR:  2013
LENGTH:  102 MIN
COUNTRY:  Japan
GENRE:  Comedy
WEBSITE: http://www.cicadathemovie.com/

This family dramedy is an ensemble film about a group of quirky adults who throw a birthday party for a boy in hopes of increasing his popularity.

When Jumpei Taneda finds out he has a fertility problem, he begins to have clairvoyant flashes that mysteriously lead him to cicada shells. Jumpei’s inability to have children causes him to become a father-figure to his sister Nanaka’s young son Ryota, who is being bullied at school.  Nanaka and her gambling-addict husband decide to throw a birthday party for Ryota in hopes of changing his classmate’s perception of him.  Unfortunately, no one shows up at the party except the quirky cast of adults in Ryota’s life, and it is here that secrets are revealed and chaos ensues!

CAST & DIRECTORS

DIRECTOR: Dean Yamada
SCREENWRITER: Yu Shibuya
PRODUCER:  Yu Shibuya
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Daniel McNutt
CAST: Yugo Saso, Dana Niu, Masayuki Yui

ABOUT THE FILM

Cicada is the first feature film from the team that created the award-winning short films Jitensha and Persimmon.  Their work has screened at the Venice Film Festival, and won awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Sapporo Shortfest.

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