Night is Short, Walk On Girl (" Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome")

North American Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2017
  • 93 mins
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
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Hosted by Director Masaaki Yuasa

Official Selection: Shanghai International Film Festival (Panorama)

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do in Kyoto… especially after sunset. A nameless college student referred to only as Senpai (“senior”) is nursing a crush on an equally anonymous younger student, “the girl with black hair”. If he had any idea how to catch her eye, well, we wouldn’t have much of a story, would we? Senpai’s embarrassing lovestruck antics, however, are just part of the wild jumble of characters and events that come together on this one strange night. The girl of Senpai’s dreams has dreams of her own, and isn’t shy in exploring the delights of alcoholic cocktails and the all-night used book market. As she wanders, with Senpai on her trail, she encounters a cavalcade of kooks — a bird-goblin in human form, an obsessive collector of erotic woodblock prints, a mysterious old loan shark, a fascistic student festival director, a guerilla theatre troupe, the so-called Don Underwear, and of course the mischievous God of the Used Book Market. This night won’t be as short as you think!

A madcap, musical romantic comedy with a double dose of surrealism, NIGHT IS SHORT showcases the warmth, weirdness, and whimsy of maverick Japanese animator Masaaki Yuasa. His 2004 opus MIND GAME remains an all-time programming highlight from the history of Fantasia, a platform for Yuasa’s free-spirited sensibility and distinctive deviation from the aesthetic norms of anime. As he did with the 2010 TV miniseries TATAMI GALAXY, Yuasa again adapts the work of novelist Tomihiko Morimi, a specialist in quirky college-kid romantic comedy. The scene is set, and with Yuasa at the helm, you can sure to expect the unexpected!

- Rupert Bottenberg

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