Private Project

Good Fortune Island

After the Fukushima disaster, young Hiro Takaishi is sent to live with his Aunt Saeko in Australia for year, whilst his mother back in Japan battles leukemia. He is forced to come to terms with reality when his mother passes away. Frightened and unsure, Hiro must gain a new understanding of his life in Australia.

  • Jade Hassett
    Director
  • Gemma Hassett
    Writer
  • Gemma Hassett
    Producer
  • Saya Minami
    Producer
  • Yuki Zillig
    Key Cast
  • Saya Minami
    Key Cast
    Midori in Hawaii
  • Tony Nixon
    Key Cast
  • Heath Chio
    Key Cast
  • Lee Rickwood
    Key Cast
  • Makiko Onda
    Key Cast
  • Chica Minami
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Heart for Fukushima - Fukushima Memorial Day-
    Mullumbimby
    March 11, 2017
    Australian Premiere
Director Biography - Jade Hassett

Jade Hassett is a Gold Coast based independent film director. Jade has directed several short films, and an independent feature film 'Radio Treason,' set for release in 2017. Jade has shot two three other indie features, and is currently developing a new feature set in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster.

Aside from film directing, Jade also works freelance as production crew and has worked for some of Brisbane’s most well known production companies and on a major blockbuster American film. Jade is also starting to delve into the creative writing industry and has had a book professionally published in 2010.

Jade also has a background in law, having graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government, and is admitted to the Queensland Bar.
Jade is set to direct 'Sundown' feature film in September 2017.

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Director Statement

Good Fortune Island came to me at a point in my life, where I was looking to shoot a nice human-interest story that had a strong social and environmental voice.

When my good friend Saya approached me with the genesis of the story, I felt I had to tell this story. Good Fortune Island is set in the beautiful Bryon Bay Shire, and tells the story of Hiro (Yuki Zilling) , a 9 year old Japanese boy, who comes to live with his Aunt Saeko (Saya Minami) in Australia, after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

When I initially read the script for Good Fortune Island, I was struck by the visual elements of the script and the subtle emotional nuances. I was influenced in the creative process by the 2008 Japanese film Still Walking.

The process of Good Fortune Island was a very organic process, as we were lucky to have first hand accounts of those that had been affected by the disaster. Hearing these stories, and researching about the nuclear disaster, really made me want to make a film focusing on the characters and their struggles, rather then focusing on the nuclear disaster. It is in this sense, that Good Fortune Island has universal themes.

Casting the role of Hiro was indeed a challenge. As the part called for a young Japanese boy, the producers and myself decided, that we wanted to cast from the Japanese community in Bryon Bay. When I received a self-tape from Yuki’s father, it was clear that Yuki embodied the emotional intensity required for the role of Hiro. All the actors in the film made up a nice ensemble, and it shows in their performance.

I am very excited by the prospect that Good Fortune Island will have the chance to be exposed to different audiences. I am passionate about this story, and hope it will positively affect audiences.