A Warm Spell

Naoki gave up his dream of painting to take over the family-run post office. His older brother, Masanobu, left home to become a doctor. When their mother's funeral brings the two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments.

  • Toshimichi Saito
    Director
  • Toshimichi Saito
    Writer
  • Jason Stefaniak
    Producer
  • Toshimichi Saito
    Producer
  • Shinnosuke Fukushima
    Key Cast
  • Makiya Yamaguchi
    Key Cast
  • Wakana Matsumoto
    Key Cast
  • Taiju Nakane
    Key Cast
  • Yasuo Maeyama
    Key Cast
  • Mayu-u Hanabusa
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    小春日和(Koharubiyori)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Language:
    Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (ARRI ALEXA)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • New Directors Film Festival
    Tokyo, Japan
    November 30, 2015
    World Premiere
    Grand Prix
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
    Clermont-Ferrand, France
    January 31, 2015
    International Premiere
  • New York Japan Cinefest
    New York, NY
    June 4, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Audience Award
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
    Tokyo, Japan
    June 11, 2015
    Best Actor: Shinnosuke Fukushima
  • Youth Generation Film Festival
    Taipei, Taiwan
    July 26, 2015
    Taiwan Premiere
Director Biography - Toshimichi Saito

Toshimichi was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After receiving a BA in Economics, he moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Filmmaking at NYU's Graduate Film Program. He learned from such master filmmakers as Spike Lee ("Do The Right Thing"), John Hamburg ("Meet the Parents") and Barbara Sukowa (Best Actress winner, Canne Film Festival 1986). He was awarded the Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship and the Maurice Kanbar Scholarship during his years in the program. His short films "Duet" and "The Soundman's Love" were the official selections of the Academy-Award-qualifying Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. His NYU thesis "A Warm Spell," which he filmed in Japan, won the best prizes in the film school, and went on to win the Grand Prix at the New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo and screened as an official selection of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. Toshimichi also worked on Spike Lee's new documentary "Go Brasil Go!" as an assistant editor for two years. Currently based in Osaka, Japan, he is developing the feature version of "A Warm Spell".

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