Screening of independent film at Myokoji Temple: Produced by the cast of All Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Aug 24, 2023

Cast and staff of All Kagoshima

On September 2, a screening of the independent film “Sealed Youth: Between NIgatsudeneki and Ibusuki (Japanese title: 封印した青春〜二月田と指宿の間に),” set in Kagoshima, will take place at the main hall of Myokoji Temple (Wada, Kagoshima City).

Floral Music organized the event. The original work is a personal novel by Kanamaro Kuraooji, a Tohoku-born, Kanto-based novelist. The story depicts the years from 1972, when a chance encounter occurred between a male university student from Tohoku and a female student from Kagoshima on the Ibusuki Makurazaki Line, to their reunion 40 years later.

The cast, staff, and filming locations were all part of the production under the banner of “All Kagoshima.” The producer and theme song were handled by Kagoshima’s composer, Hiroko Shibato. The protagonist during their student years is played by Hikaru Ito, a first-year student from Kagoshima University’s Faculty of Engineering, who was selected through auditions. A preview of the completed film was held at the Tenmonkan in June of this year.

“I hope those who commuted to school or work on the Ibusuki Makurazaki Line from Taniyama Station 51 years ago can watch the movie while reminiscing about the old days,” says Shibato. She also mentions that behind the making of the film was Kanamaro’s desire to meet Emiko, who was depicted as the heroine, once again. “If we can reunite Emiko through this film, it would be a wonderful outcome,” she adds with hope.

The screening will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (doors open at 2:00 p.m.). Admission is free, and no advance reservation is required. Parking is available on the temple grounds. The film is also planned to be released on YouTube, starting from October onward.