On April 28, 2022, Fukuoka-based stage actor Takao Misoraya (born in Fukuoka, Japan; Fukuyo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.) is pleased to announce that his feature film “An Ephemeral Dream of Prosperity-Kantan no Yume,” which he directed and wrote, has won two awards at the Cannes World Film Festival – Remember the Future: The film won the BEST NEW WAVE FILMMAKER and BEST ASIAN FILMMAKER at the Cannes World Film Festival – Remember the Future, and was nominated in five other categories.
■Cannes World Film Festival – Remember the Future
■Best Award Winning Category
・BEST NEW WAVE FILMMAKER
・BEST ASIAN FILM
■Categories selected for nomination
・BSET NARATIVE FEATURE FILM
・BEST DRAMA FILM
・BEST FOREIGN FILM
・BEST FIRST TIME FILM MAKER FEATRE
■List of Film Festival Award Winners (March Term)
■About the film “An Ephemeral Dream of Prosperity-Kantan no Yume
This film is modeled on the real-life “Shinsho-Onna-Sawasho-plays. It is an original work of fiction depicting the difficulty of cultural preservation of an obscure traditional art form.
Shinsho-Onna-Sawasho-plays” is a traditional performing art that has continued since the Taisho era.
Ryuji Sawa, who appears in the film, is its successor.
The director of this film, Takao Misoraya, is a disciple of Sawa Ryuji. The story and editing of the film use an old traditional performing arts staging method.
The film was produced with the intention of valuing Japanese humanistic drama through the form of images.
The film also features guest appearances by such talented actors as Takamasa Suga, Shinji Matsubayashi, and Mari Okamoto.
Dr. Ryuji Sawa of Shinsho-Onna-Sawasho-plays, the model for this film, also appears in the film himself.
This film was started as part of Meiji Sangyo Corporation’s social contribution to preserve the culture of traditional performing arts. The main stage for filming was the Yachiyoza Theater, an important cultural property in Kumamoto Prefecture that has supported traditional performing arts.
We also received assistance from Meme Kagga and Nana Kagga of Savannah MOON Productions (Kampala, Uganda, https://www.savannah-moon.net) in submitting the film to international film festivals. The film incorporates the unique dialogue of traditional performing arts and other features of Japanese culture that are difficult to convey to foreign audiences through translation.
Although the model for Shinsho-Onna-Sawasho is not a famous traditional art form such as Kabuki or Noh, there is a tradition in it, and this work is a visualization of the strong desire to preserve the dream of prosperity for future generations, and not let it end as a dream.
Director/Screenplay: Takao Misoraya
Stage Supervisor: Ryuji Sawa
Cast: Takao Misoraya, Takamasa Suga, Shinji Matsubayashi, Mari Okamoto, Ryuji Sawa
Producer: Kitoshi Akenaga, Kazuhisa Inoue
Meiji Sangyo Presents (https://www.meiji-sangyo.co.jp/)
Distribution and Production: Good Luck 3 Inc.
■Trailer for “An Ephemeral Dream of Prosperity-Kantan no Yume
■For inquiries, please contact
Fukuyo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. ; Video Production Business