37 Seconds is a Japanese drama film written and directed by Hiraki. It is her first feature length film and premiered at 69th Berlin International Film Festival back in February this year. It won the Audience Award and the International Confederation of Art Cinemas’ Art Cinema Award in the festival’s Panorama category.
It has been announced that the film will be released in Japanese theatres in February 2020, including Shinjuku Piccadilly, and will also be released worldwide on Netflix.
The film follows Yuma Takada (played by Mei Kayama), a 23-year-old who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of not breathing for 37 seconds after she was born. She is cared for by her well-meaning but overly protective mother Kyoko (Misuzu Kanno). Yuma desires to become a manga artist, possessing great talent for the craft, and on her arduous journey explores and discovers her sexuality.
With its screening at the Berlin International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, as well as making it into the Japan Now category at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival and the announcement of Netflix’s acquirement of the film, 37 Seconds has already received international acclaim as opening a new stage for Japanese cinema.
Director Hikari went to the US at 18-years-old to learn about film. 37 Seconds boasts as her first feature length film which has resulted in her receiving countless offers from Hollywood. Mei Kayama, who plays the leading role, herself has cerebral palsy, and has become an icon in Japan for those with a disability. She was selected from around 100 applicants, and from her incredible and realistic acting you would never know that this was her first acting gig.
A special new 37-second trailer was released for the film which can be viewed below.
Release Date: February 2020 (Japanese theatres)
*Netflix release date TBA
Official Website: http://www.37secondsfilm.com/