Toronto, Sep 10 (Canadian-Media): Directed by Hikari, Berlinale Audience Award–winning feature debut '37 Seconds' portrays a young Japanese woman with cerebral palsy and her dream of becoming a successful manga artist.
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Failure to breathe for 37 seconds at the time of her birth had resulted in her developing cerebral palsy and had stripped the course of the 23-year-old Yuma (Mei Kayama).
It is during the the end of the movie another burning revelation carries the unsettling disclosure of a family secret.
The joys, sorrows and pains of Yuma's slow process of empowerment, and Yuma's overprotective mother (Misuzu Kanno) and Sayaka (Minori Hagiwara), a blogger and influencer who passes Yuma's work off as her own, are beautifully portrayed.
HIKARI's style of filmmaking, blending Japanese pop with humour and bold tenderness is brought to life by the wonderful performance of first-time actress Mei Kayama.
HIKARI was born in Osaka, Japan and holds a master's degree in film and television production from the University of Southern California. The short films directed by her are: Tsuyako (11), A Better Tomorrow (13), Can & Sulochan (14), and Where We Begin (15). 37 Seconds (19) is her feature debut.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)