Jellyfish
Going into this Okinawa World Premiere completely blind I could not have been more surprised by the film I saw. I had somehow failed to notice that Kaneto Shusuke’s film was adapted from an award-winning piece of “R-18” rated literature, meaning that this was essentially going to be porn. The film tells of the fledgling lesbian romance between two high school girls, Yuki (Otani Miho) and Kyoko (Hanai Rumi), and gets very explicit pretty quickly and stays that way for the duration. Not that I’m prudish when it comes to explicit content, but it was the last thing I was expecting to see on a Tuesday afternoon at a free, comedy-centric film festival. That said, Jellyfish was probably the best Japanese film I saw at the festival, matching strong performances with a beautifully ambient electro-soundtrack and a smart, intelligent script.

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