Presented by Japan Foundation

North American premiere
Selection 2021 On Demand

It's A Summer Film! (Summer Film Ni Notte)

Directed by Soushi Matsumoto

Virtual Screening
PRESENTED WITH School Radio to Major Tom


Official selection

Tokyo International Film Festival 2020
Nippon Connection Film Festival 2021


Soushi Matsumoto


Naoyuki Miura, Soushi Matsumoto


Marika Ito, Daichi Kaneko, Yuumi Kawai, Kilala Inori


Happinet Phantom Studios Corporation

Japan 2020 97 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre DramaScience-FictionRomance

Hadachi, AKA “Barefoot” (Marika Ito) is a consummate cinephile. A lover of chambara (samurai films) and jidaigeki (costume dramas), she dreams of making her own films in the tradition of Akira Kurosawa (SEVEN SAMURAI), Eiichi Kudo (13 ASSASSINS) and others. However, her high-school film club proves restrictive. Everybody there prefers romantic films, and all its members worship at the altar of the club’s super-popular, super-annoying director Karin (Mahiru Coda). Not lacking in resolve, “Barefoot” and her sidekicks “Kickboard” (Yuumi Kawai) and “Blue Hawaii” (Kilala Inori) push through the saccharine consensus and decide to make their own film for the school festival! They even find a lead in the strange boy Rintaro (Daichi Kaneko)… but he proves to be far stranger than they bargained for!

Soushi Matsumoto’s joyful debut is, indeed, the film of the summer: a pitcher-sized blend of high-spirited high-school idealism with a sprinkling of genre delights: from the luminous tropes of the teen coming-of-age story, to the nostalgic throwback of the samurai movie, to the more unexpected detours into the realm of science-fiction and fantasy – IT’S A SUMMER FILM has it all! But saying more would spoil the fun. Suffice to say Matsumoto’s film will enchant with its rampant imagination, its ode to the bygone days of adolescence – where anything was possible, camera in hand. A light-hearted romp and a reminder to both stay true to one's ideals and to the reasons we fell in love with moviemaking magic in the first place! – Ariel Esteban Cayer