A quiet hamlet hidden in the mountains of southeastern Nara prefecture. In this hamlet once lively with hikers and lined with shops and inns, we meet Ihika, a 12-year-old born into a family that has run an inn for generations. Her father has been living apart from Ihika and her mother for a few years. Saki, Ihika’s mother who married into this family, has been managing the inn with Shige, her father-in-law. Then one day, Shige disappears. As the inn’s survival is threatened, a time of change is coming for Ihika’s family.
Cast: Shuri Miyake, Masaki Miura, Shinzo Hotta, Ami Sugihara, Shingo Nakayama, Iori Miyamoto, Shion Otomo, Asami Mizukawa
Executive Producer: Naomi Kawase,Writer: Daichi Murase, Director of Photography: Takeshi Dodo, Sound Recording: Eiji Mori, Lighting Director: Ritsu Fujie, Production Designer: Setsuko Shiokawa, 1st Assistant Director: Kenji Fukushima, Production Manager: Toshiharu Hamamoto, Editor: Kohei Tadano
©2022 “Beyound the Fog” Nara International film Festival
Daich MURASE was born and raised in Shiga prefecture, Japan. He spent his childhood watching American movies because most of the films his father owned were American films. After entering Kyoto University of Art and Design, he began learning filmmaking. When he was 19, he directed his first short film Forget but…, which was screened at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. His graduation film, ROLL, was nominated in the Student Film category at the Nara International Film Festival and won the audience award.