“Igarashi Akiko does prove herself to be a new fresh voice in the Japanese sci-fi genre and a director to watch.”
From 2012 onward, the Osaka Asian Film Festival has provided a platform named ‘The Indie Forum’ where spectators can see the projects of new and upcoming talent. This year, amazing indies like ‘Love and Goodbye and Hawaii’ ‘Swaying Mariko’ and ‘Bamy’ were screened at the festival. And while most upcoming talent is male, there were also some female directors showing of their work. One of these female directors was Igarashi Akiko, who debuted with her first full-length feature film, ‘Visualized hearts’.
“Despite the technical shortcomings of the narrative, the artistic talent of Endo is evident and her ability to cause emotion and evoke symbolism comes nicely to the fore.”
In an attempt to further support upcoming Japanese directors, we also decided to review shorts and interview, when possible, the directors behind them. In most cases these shorts are an attempt to attract interest in one’s talent – and budget to make a first full-length feature film. This time, we focus on Atsuko Endo’s latest short movie Ache.