Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2022
Yutaro Kubo, Satomi Maiya
Naokado Fujiyama, Joji Wada
Jun Fukuyama, Rie Takahashi
Shunsuke Watanabe (Schroeder-Headz)
Akari Saito (Mishima Editing Room)
TWIN ENGINE Inc.
The world is divided in two, between the safe city of the Inside, and the dense and dangerous forest of the Outside. The security of the humans who live in the inside realm must be fiercely protected from the Outsiders, dark and monstrous creatures whose mere touch transmits their mysterious curse. Terrible tragedy strikes at the border of these two opposed realms, and among the dead, there is a sole survivor. This innocent girl, Shiva, is found by one of the shadowy Outsiders. With great care not to touch her, the beast assumes the role of her guardian, setting up a household for them in an abandoned village. She calls him Teacher. His compassion and patience towards her seems strangely human. The same cannot be said of the other Outsiders, lurking and watching from the woods...
On the last day of Fantasia 2019, the festival proudly presented the world premiere of the 10-minute short film THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE, the screen debut of manga artist Nagabe’s affecting gothic fairytale, produced by WIT Studio (ATTACK ON TITAN) and brought to life by rising young animation talents Yutaro Kubo and Satomi Maiya. The pair, darlings of the indie animation festival circuit, brought a rich and bespoke sensibility to the short, the rare anime in which one could really feel the artist’s hand. They’ve now expanded their adaptation of the cult manga with this feature-length creation, bringing the elegant, enigmatic tale of Shiva and Teacher to the screen once again. – Rupert Bottenberg
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