***The 72nd Salerno International Film Festival: The Short Film Category Prize Winner***
"Oshira Kagami - The Mirror of the Oshira Deity"
Directed, written and produced by Takashi Arai
According to one of the famous Tōno legends of northeastern Japan, a beautiful young woman once fell in love with a horse, but their love was forbidden and therefore doomed. A young man is traveling the silver-topped mountains to soothe forlorn souls using the power of a magical kind of photograph: the daguerreotype. In an image affixed to a silver plate—a daguerreotype—the lovers are reunited and pledge their devotion for eternity.
"Once upon a time there was a poor farmer.
He had no wife but did have a beautiful daughter.
He also had one horse.
The daughter loved the horse, and at night she slept in the stable.
They soon were united as husband and wife.
One night the father learned of this.
The next day he took the horse outside,
and unbeknownst to the daughter, hung it from a mulberry tree.
That night, seeing that the horse was gone, the daughter asked and found out what the father had done.
Shocked and filled with grief, she went to the mulberry tree,
and cried while embracing the head of the lifeless horse.
The father, enraged, took an axe and chopped off the horse's head from behind.
Then, the daughter, still clinging to the horse's head, flew off into the sky.
They metamorphosed into a kami (deity), named Oshira-sama."
From "The Legends of Tono" by Yanagita Kunio
Leading Cast: Taichi Takayama
Supporting Cast: Leona and Maila Tashiro
Photography: Shu Nakagawa, Takashi Arai
Editor: Shu Nakagawa
Sound Designer: Iwao Yamazaki
Costume Designer: Suiko Nakamura
Assistant Director: Fanny Harlan
Storyboard: Riha Tojima
Calligraphy: Haruka Kikuchi
Equine Specialist: Shōichi Chiba
Costumer/Makeup and Hair Artist: Akiko Sasaki
Transportation Captain: Masako Fujii
Designer: Masakazu Ohnishi
"Sieben Rosen Hat Ein Strauch" "Under the Sun Over the Human Realm"
Composed by Yūji Takahashi
Performed by Sayano Tojima (violin) and Aya Kato (piano)
Recorded by Reverend John DeLore and Iwao Yamazaki
Mixed by Bryan Pugh
Performed by Katsumi Nitta (Japanese Drum) and Reiko Nitta (Bamboo Flute)
Recorded by Iwao Yamazaki