Kaiju Girl

One night, Himika, an eighth-grader, dreams that Kaiju(a giant monster) attacks her town. Mizuki, an outcast in her class, has the same dream, and the two begin to interact, but Himika is unable to tell her that she accidentally broke the horns of the monster that Mizuki was making... This is a story of girls who live an extraordinary life with a monster as their ordinary life.

  • Takafumi Sakabe
  • Noriyuki Sano
  • Takafumi Sakabe
  • Takafumi Sakabe
  • Himika Kondo
    Key Cast
  • Mizuki Miyahara
    Key Cast
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    24 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Yokohama Independent Film Festival 2022
    Yokohama, Kanagawa
    December 11, 2022
    Best Middle Film/Cinephile Award
  • TOKYO Youth Film Festival 2022
    June 4, 2022
    Japan Premiere
    Audience Award
Director Biography - Takafumi Sakabe

Growing up watching Godzilla and Star Wars.

In 2013, he moved to the U.S. to study filmmaking in NY and LA.
After graduation, worked as a freelance director and Cinematographer there.

Returned to Japan in 2016 and worked on music videos, TV/web commercials, and other productions.
In 2017, he participated in the feature film "Unreliable" under director Kazuyuki Izutsu.

Currently working as a video director, producing music videos and web commercials, while
short films and has won awards at film festivals in Japan and abroad.

Currently, he has finished shooting a feature film "KAWASHI (tentative)" and is working on its completion. He is a fan of beef bowls.

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Director Statement

I had two things in mind when I made this film.

The first was to express the overflowing energy of a child around the age of 14, who is insecure and full of unfounded confidence.

The other is to express the anxiety of the covid-19 disaster, war, the development of the Internet, and growing up into adulthood through the motif of monsters.

We hope that through the actions of these girls, the audience will be inspired to confront their own monsters.

The reason why I became a filmmaker
When the Big earthquake hit Japan, I was on the 31st floor of my building. The building swung like a ship in the storm, and I thought I was going to die, and was prepared for it. During that time, I noticed that if I die without pursuing my career as a filmmaker, I will regret it and decide to start my career as a filmmaker again.