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Kazenokiwa Kotono Youni


A film by Kei Chikaura

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Genre(s): Drama

• Theme(s): Food / Friendship / Immigration/Emigration

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  • Kei Chikaura


    Kei Chikaura started a career as a filmmaker in 2013. His 2nd short film, The Lasting Persimmon was selected for Clermont-FerrandInternational Short Film Festival 2016. His 3rd and latest short film, Signature was selected for Locarno International FilmFestival and Toronto International Film Festival 2017, among many others. It won the Grand Prix at Encounters Film Festival 2017.

    2013: Empty House
    2015: The Lasting Persimmon
    2017: Signature
    2018: Complicity

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2018: Toronto International Film Festival | Discovery


Chen Liang, a young Chinese man is an illegal immigrant in Japan. One day he receives a call about a job offer meant for someone else.In his desperation, he pretends to be the intended recipient in order to get the job, which turns out to be work at a traditional Japanesesoba restaurant.He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master with the fear that his identity could be exposed at any moment.

Technical Specs

  • Color(s): Colors
  • Country(ies) of production: China / Japan
  • Original Language(s): Chinese / Japanese
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: DCP / ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Lu Yulai, Tatsuya FUJI, Sayo AKASAKA, Kio MATSUMOTO
  • Cinematographer: Yutaka YAMAZAKI
  • Producer: HU Wei, Kei Chikaura, NAI An

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Creatps Inc. (Japan), Mystigri Pictures (China)