Written, directed, produced and starring Ken Ochiai
USA/Japan, 2010, 15 minutes
Japan CineFest: Short Film Program
The young man continues his mission southward, eventually arriving on Okinawa, the southernmost part of Japan. Along the way he runs into a woman he knew in high school and sees the variety of sights and experiences that Japan has to offer. Finally he arrives back in Tokyo, a man transformed by his travels, which turn out to have been not merely the fulfilling of the last wishes of a loved one, but something much more.
The film, comprised overwhelmingly of still images (rather reminiscent of Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée), is dedicated to Miwa Ochai. She most certainly was the director's mother given that the film was inspired by actual events.
Frog in the Well has deservedly received many awards, including:
- Minister's Award, Audience Award, Short Shorts Film Festival
- Best Editing Award, Sapporo International Short Film Festival
- Best Short Film, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
- Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival
- Special Jury Prize, Miami Short Film Festival
- Honorable Mention, Los Angeles International Film Festival
Click here for information about Frog in the Well and the other films in the Japan CineFest: Short Film Program, a co-presentation of Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc.