Japanese Films at the Glasgow International Film Festival 2021

The Glasgow Film Festival (February 24th – March 07th) will launch for its 17th edition this month and there is only one Japanese film in the line-up.

Here is what is on offer:

Dreams on Fire    http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1006624/how-a-womans-cant-stand-it-anymore-road-trip-inspired-china

ドリームズ・オン・ファイア Dori-muzu on Faia

Release Date: 2021

Duration: 123 mins.

Director: Philippe McKie

Writer: Philippe McKie (Script) 

Starring: Bambi Naka, Masahiro Takashima, Akaji Maro

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Streaming from March 6-9.

Philippe McKie is a Canadian-born filmmaker based in Japan. Calling Tokyo his home for nearly a decade, he has worked as a producer for a variety of corporate projects, including working with Apple, BBC, Channel 4, CNN, and Toyota. While doing this he has performed as a DJ and club organiser, through which he explored Tokyo’s underground dance, music, and fashion subcultures. He has made a grip of short films including Be My First, a tribute/deconstruction of pink films, and the cyberpunk thriller Breaker. ‘Dreams on Fire‘ is his debut work. You can read an interview (where I got most of the above info) with the filmmaker here.

The film stars Bambi Naka, a phenomenal dancer who, when shown in full flow, is astounding. The story and characters she meets are totally in service to her development but the depiction of the various dance clubs, music and styles feel spot-on as electronica, S&M clubs, and street dance styles are put up on colourful display. This would be great on the big screen.

Dreams on Fire 2021 Film Image

Synopsis: Yume dreams of being a dancer, much to the opposition of her grandfather (Akaji Maro). She leaves home and heads to Tokyo where she stays in a tiny room and looks for work to support her dream of becoming a dancer. Her dedication to the cause requires a stint in Kabukicho which poses danger but eventually she starts to break into the dance industry as she studies various styles and subcultures. 

Here’s coverage of Glasgow from past years:

GIFF 2020

GIFF 2019

GIFF 2018

GIFF 2017

GIFF 2016

GIFF 2015

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