Lovely Little Ai
Director: Mana Candice ONO
Cast: Akane SAKANOUE / Hisao KUROZUMI / Ryo MATSUMURA / Kan HOTODA / Eri MORI
Takashi HAYASHIDA / Sumire UENO / Kaori TAKESHITA / Mao YAMANE / Kinnosuke OIKAWA
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2022
[2021 / Color / HD / 5.1ch / 88 min. / Japanese with English subtitles]
Winner: Entertainment Award & Film Fan Award at The 43rd Pia Film Festival
Winner: Special Jury Prize at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2021
Official Selection: TAMA NEW WAVE / Un Certain Regard section
Ai Shimizu, a sixteen-year-old girl, grows up without knowing freedom because her workaholic and toxic father, Tetsuo, constrained her too much. One day, Ai-chan, who has no friends and doesn't even know how to dress up, happens to meet Seiko. Despite their different lifestyle and culture, they become like family and friends. However, Seiko had a secret...
The film depicts a modern form of family, intertwining a girl's coming of age story.
One day, I had an opportunity to think about what is "normal". Until then, I was thinking of a family as a universal thing, but, blood relatives, living in the same house, are those the only things that make a famliy? Aren't everyone living to their own common sense? Isn't same with "family"? and what is certain is, that there is "♡".
In this film, I packed a lot of Love stories secretly. I hope this film will be seen by as many people as possible, and leave something in their hearts.
©︎"Lovely Little Ai" team