Private Project

Coming Back Sunny

Shiori Sotomura (17) cannot distinguish between red and green color due to her congenital achromatopsia. Both appear a little light brown and are difficult to identify. Everything looks brown in her eyes. With the frustration of not being able to feel the same color as normal person, she became unconsciously cynical about her high school life.

Shiori and her best friend Yumi Koto (17) goes to the downtown area. They’ve been invited to a karaoke party held by their classmate. Shiori is not good at places with many people. Busy streets of the downtown is depressing. A city with a lot of colors, red and green…. it always makes her unwell.

Yumi then picks up something, a faded petal. It was actually a bleached petal. Fascinated with the rare petal, Yumi takes a single photo. In that split second, the petal blinked and blight “red” jumped into Shiori’s eyes.

What happened? Why did it shine into red for a moment?
Shiori pursues for more petals as if she is pulled by fate or the emotion "love". Countless bleached petals scattered on the ground and rivers pulsate with red, just like a heartbeat. While puzzled, shiori runs, chases the petals.
Shiori then discovers her “real red”.

Is "real red" really "real fate" for Shiori?
This is a parallel love story that depicts the theme delicately and shockingly.

  • Noriko Yuasa
  • Takato Nishi 
  • Naoya Watanabe
  • Riria Kojima
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  • Honoka Yoneyama
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  • Genki Wakana
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  • Aya Yoshizaki
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  • Genta Mizoguchi
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    15 minutes
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    August 24, 2019
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    2,000,000 JPY
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Director Biography - Noriko Yuasa

Noriko Yuasa was born on Dec. 3rd, 1976 in Okayama, Japan.
Specialized in project planning, directing.
Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan University with BA of Architecture.
Started working in Kinoshita Production in 1999, left the company in 2013 and currently working as a freelance director/producer in a field of both TV drama and film.

In 2015, her theatrical feature film directorial debut, “Udagawacho de matteteyo (Wait in Udagawacho.)” was screened (nationwide public at Shibuya HUMAX cinemas, etc.) After directing two short films such as “Looking for my Sunflowers”, Noriko won 17 awards in film festivals in Japan and abroad with “Girl, Wavering” (currently this film continues to be screened overseas, and as of August 2018 it reached 30 areas.) And in March 2018, She was officially selected as a jury and participated the 6th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival.

While advocating and practicing "parallel career" in TV drama and films, Noriko Yuasa aims for further step up with the aim of directing films worldwide. As of 2019, she is planning the theatrical release of her feature film project.
Her new film project has won the Grand Prix at the "MPA / DHU / TIFFCOM Pitching Contest" held at Tokyo International Film Festival 2018.
It has been decided to participate in the 2019 American film market.

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Director Statement

I wanted to depict "Fate" in this film "Coming Back Sunny" and made it from the original script. Is "love" a "fate"? Does "fate" even exist in the first place? With the characters living in modern-day Japan in 2019, I wanted to create a story that could become a new masterpiece ever since “Romeo and Juliet”.

In order to achieve such goal, I took a method of using “color” to visualize the very moment a person encounter with “love”. The main character, Shiori, is a high school girl with color blindness, and I made her to be the character who recognizes “color” by feeling “love”. This is a film depicted with vivid colors and modern music so that all audiences can experience her delicate feeling which she discovers for the first time.

I have always made films believing that the movies are “the key to presenting life”, and I have the same belief to this film as well. “Coming Back Sunny” is definitely one of my best work.