It's a Summer Film!

August 20, 2021 7:00 pm
August 21, 2021 1:30 pm


In-Person Screening

Friday, August 20, 7 PM
Saturday, August 21, 1:30 PM

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2021

U.S. Premiere. Pop idol, actress and former Nogizaka46 member Marika Ito stars as a highschooler nick-named “Barefoot” (hadashi in Japanese, also meaning “superior to”), a precocious chanbara-obsessed teen who spends her days poring over classic Raizo Ichikawa and Zatoichi films with her two best friends: kendo enthusiast “Blue Hawaii” and sci-fi geek “Kickboard.” Ready to finally produce her unrealized script, Samurai Spring, Barefoot jumps into action, resolving to make her dream come true over the course of one summer—and go head-to-head with her rival, the film club’s darling rom-com director—with her friends and a ragtag crew that includes a mysterious classmate whose love of samurai films matches her own. A charming and girl group-focused coming-of-age comedy that at times recalls Linda Linda Linda (2005), It's a Summer Film offers an endearing tribute to the life-affirming power of cinema.

  • Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2020

Dir. Soushi Matsumoto, 2020, 97 min.

Tickets: $15 / $10 members

Image: © 2020 "It’s a Summer Film!" Production Committee.

JAPAN CUTS is sponsored by Shiseido Americas.


Additional support is provided by Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.


Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masako H. Shinn, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.


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