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Cesium and a Tokyo Girl

WINTER FILM AWARDS 2016 WINNER - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • 2015
  • Japan, France
  • 111 mins
  • Japanese

Feature Film Competition

Ryo Saitani
Ryo Saitani, Toshihiro Osato
Kaira Shirahase, Masato Nagamori, Takao Handa, Yusuke Kawazu, Hatsuo Yamaya, Nankin Nankin, Ryoko Uchida, Yasuhito Yamazaki, Hiroko Nakagawa, Miho Kaneno, Koichi Hanagasaki

Mimi is a 17 year old high school girl who lives with her parents in the Tokyo suburb of Asagaya on the Chuo Line. Mimi is always asking herself “Where do I belong and what is the truth?” Three days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, Mimi’s fate changed drastically. Radiation-contaminated rain fell in Tokyo. Since then, Mimi has endured pain in her tongue and she is determined to find out why. She and the gods start measuring cesium levels throughout Tokyo. They visit hot spots of cesium pollution to see the reality of damage from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Will Mimi and her god buddies manage to squeeze out a happy ending? A magical mystery tour through space and time begins!

Born in 1952, Saitani started working for director Kihachi Okamoto while still at university. In 1982 Saitani established Fusion Production and published “COMICBOX,” specializing manga and animation. In 1998 Saitani opened the Laputa Building complex facility which includes a movie theater, screens mainly old Japanese films. Also in 1998, “Cesium and A Tokyo Girl” is his first film.

Awards

2015 Accolade Global Film Competition – Award of Recognition
2016 International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London – Jury Award

About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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