With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, June 02, 2012

ACF 1485: RADIUS SQUARED TIMES HEART in short film program at Asia Society NY next Friday

Radius Squared Times Heart
Written, directed and edited by Yasu Suzuki
USA, 2009, 34 minutes
Japan CineFest: Short Film Program
When: Friday, June 8, 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC
Map here

This delightful comedy centers on Ken, a Japan-born scientist who has lived in New York for many years. When we first meet him, as a teen, he's on a NY rooftop with his friend Tim, who lusts for a well-endowed young lady. Ken calculates the formula that will determine the volume of her ample breasts. He's a socially-inept geek who would fit right in on The Big Bang Theory TV show.

As an adult, Ken (Yasu Suzuki) discusses with his friend (Brian Nishii) the upcoming dinner he's going to prepare for Michelle (Alie Carey), an anthropologist who has the clean, healthy look of an American Liv Ullmann in her youth. Ken's friend offers a sympathetic ear and some intriguing advice.

A desert prepared by Ken

We watch as Ken prepares various dishes, all of which look utterly delectable. After a rooftop conversation, the couple return to his apartment to dine. Will the shy, socially-awkward Ken "get lucky" or will his ineptitude turn the would-be romantic evening into a tragedy?

This sensual, touching, and very sweet film is a total joy. No surprise that it was selected as the Best Comedic Short Film at the Manhattan Film Festival.

Just be sure to pay attention throughout the credits. There's a short, spot-on coda that perfectly wraps up this most enjoyable short film.

P.S. - How can you not love a film that lists a "Math Supervisor" (Kevin Yamada) in its end credits?

Click here for information about Radius Squared Times Heart and the other films in the Japan CineFest: Short Film Program, a co-presentation of Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc.

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