DSCF0919.jpg

A Story Sewn and Bound with

a Red Thread

A Story Sewn and Bound with

a Red Thread

Directed by YURIA MATSUSHITA Costume Design by ERIKA MATSUSHITA  Inspired by SHUJI TERAYAMA 

give me back

​myself

Directed by YURIA MATSUSHITA

Costume Design by ERIKA MATSUSHITA 

Inspired by SHUJI TERAYAMA 

Give me back myself

winner-2.png
finalist2.png
NNW%20-%20logo_edited.png
NNW International Film Festival: Jury's Special Award
London Best Female Actress Award: WINNER
NNW International Film Festival: Jury's Special Award
London Best Female Actress Award: WINNER
Giff_OS_K.png
Feature_Film.png
laurel_PPFF-finalist.png
Official Selection Laurel 2021 WHITE.png
OFFICIALSELECTION-RamsgateInternationalF
CANNES FILM AWARDS.png
wallacia.png
TRAILER

TRAILER

Watch Now

A beautiful movie haiku telling a story of four young sisters and the relationship with their mother.

I think we need a movie like this in this era.

NNW International Film Festival 2020, Poland

​International Feature Film Competition: Jury's Special Award

-Director Lech Majewski

The feelings that are released in this dreamlikeworld, reflect the freedom and flexibility of senses that are still in the process of development.

-Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival

MAGAZINE   "​TH" Eye and gaze obsession  (Talking Heads No.85)  2021. 1.28 ISSUE

Eyes and gazes represent human emotions and sometimes eloquently reflect the fear and madness hidden in the hearts, and even in the eyeballs themselves.

 

RECOMENDATION: "A Story Sewn and Bound with a Red Thread"
~ An artistic girls film born from "Shuji Terayama's Girls Poems"

TH.jpg

Cannes Film Awards
Best Feature Film

Poster%20jpeg_edited.jpg
CANNES FILM AWARDS.png

Cannes Film Awards is international film festival that celebrates film, filmmakers, producers, musicans, actors, screenwriters, photographers and the arts. The festival will take place from July 8-10, 2022 in the Art Gallery Cannes Côte d'Azur, in Cannes. We will screen the best films, music videos and photos from the festival.

I’m Cinderella

It’s midnight

I ran away

Leaving a glass slipper

 

Left behind a glass slipper

A prince is standing and holding it

Good bye to

My childhood

 

In my house

Mothers are watching TV

Everything is just a lie

There is no Cinderella anywhere

DSCF0245_edited.jpg

INTRODUCTION

Goodbye.

My days of innocence.

This beautiful poem by Shuji Terayama is pivotal to our movie. 

It’s the story of 4 young girls who immerse themselves in the world of fantasy and fairy tales to escape their dismal lives.

Our film is based on a true story, and is set in the 1970’s in the very pretty countryside of Japan’s Shikoku Island – where we grew up.

This film explores the complex world of children through fairy tales.

BUT this is not just a children’s film - it’s a film about childhood innocence set amidst the harsh reality of family problems, illness and betrayal.

AND it’s about how a child’s world of innocence can sometimes have dire consequences…

​Director YURIA MATSUSHITA

This is the story of four beautiful and creative young girls who live with their father and stepmother.  The father is a bright and learned man whilst the very attractive stepmother is selfish and unfaithful.

The conditions of their home life deteriorate after the father falls gravely ill.  The stepmother spends more and more time away from the family home, money is scarce and the young girls must work long hours to support the family.  The girls believe their stepmother is neglecting their sick father.

Like many children, the girls like to read fairy tales and they often dream of a better life.  They use their imagination to create a fantasy world based on the fairy tales they had read.  They loved the stories and poetry they had read in their father’s book collection, and they especially loved Cinderella and other literary works of Shuji Terayama.

As the girls home life gets harder and the relationship with their stepmother worsens the girls spend more and more time in their make believe world where fairy tales can have a happy conclusion.  The girls desperately want to reconnect their parents by forcing the stepmother to care more for their father.  They feel they have no other choice than to take drastic action.

The sisters could only see one way to gain their freedom. It was a choice between life and death. Theirs was an act of love for their father and for each other, not of rebellion or desperation, just of love.

​98min/COLOR/JAPAN

Directed and Written by YURIA MATSUSHITA

Costume Design  ERIKA MATSUSHITA

Inspired by SHUJI TERAYAMA

Produced by  TORANOKO Performing Arts Company

Music by MAGDALENA ZUK

Cinematography by PAHURAK KONG 

Gaffer MILO

Ikebana Decorator  BAIKO KURIBAYASHI (Ikebana Sogetsu)

Sound Design by CHALERMRAT KAWEEWATTANA

Main Titles Design by  KOJI YAMAMURA

CAST

CHISATO KAMEOKA, SOYOKA KAN, 

NOE HAYASHI, YUZUKI SHINMARU, 

RII ISHIHARA, YURI YAMAMURA, 

ERIKA MATSUSHITA, KOHEI ANDO

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Terayama World    KOHEI ANDO-Professor Emeritus at Waseda University

SUPPORTED BY

Embassy of the Republic of Poland    Polish Cultural Information Centre    Toon City    Ehime Prefecture

toranokologo5_otlines-01.png
14_edited_edited.jpg

STORY

I would never be fooled by the fairly tale!

Not a dream

IMG_7106_edited.jpg
IMG_7107_edited.jpg

ABOUT

SHUJI TERAYAMA

1935-1983. Poet and playwright. Terayama attracted attention as a gifted poet after his days at Aomori High School and Waseda University. He was active in various fields such as drama, scripts, novels, and reviews. He formed the theatrical experimentation studio Tenjosajiki in 1967 with the painter Tadanori Yokoo and others, and its avant-garde style enjoyed great response at home and abroad.

He also exhibited talent as a movie director and has produced ambitious movies such as Den-en ni shisu (To Die in the Country), Kusa Meikyu (Grass Labyrinth), and Saraba hakobune (Farewell to the Ark).

06LBS.png