The Wonder of A Summer Day
Director: Yuka IBAYASHI
Screenwriter: Hajime IBUKI
Cast: Konoha NOGISHI / Nonoka IKEDA / Seiko IWAIDO / Akiko KIKUCHI / Hisashi YOSHIZAWA
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2023
[2022 / Color / DCP / 5.1ch / 87 min. / Japanese with English subtitles]
Kanata and her younger sister Sumire have been living apart since their parents' divorce. Kanata is having trouble adjusting to her new school and is spending her summer holiday helping her mother run her snack bar. When Kanata's mother suggests that she go to her grandmother's house for a final summer holiday memory, Kanata heads into the countryside. Once there, Kanata can't hide her annoyance at the innocent Sumire who bubbles with enthusiasm for the time they will spend together but a trip with Sumire in search of fireflies, which are not supposed to appear during the summer, forces the lonely teen out of her shell.
Director IBAYASHI brings the warmth and charm of her leading cast, who give beguiling naturalistic performances, and also Toyama Prefecture, from the calm city streets to the wonders of the natural world in the surrounding mountains and waterways. The everyday aspects of the environment that might normally get ignored are made visceral and special through IBAYASHI’s cinematic lens.
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