Viet Nam News
HCM CITY— Independent female director Cao Thúy Nhi’s feature film on love, Nhắm Mắt Thấy Mùa Hè (Snow in Summer), will be released today in Hokkaido, Japan.
The film is about the love between Hạ, a Vietnamese woman, and Akira, a Japanese man, who overcome the barriers of language and lifestyle.
Hạ travels to Hokkaido to find her missing father, and discovers Japan and its culture through Akira.
Nhi, one of the industry’s few independent film makers, said her Vietnamese and Japanese crew spent nearly two years on filming.
She received financial support for her film project from a Japanese producer.
“We worked hard in casting, with dozens of experts in language, costume design and props to perfect our production technically and socially,” said Nhi, a graduate of the HCM City University of Theatre and Cinematography. “Our film is about human culture.”
The film stars young actress Phương Anh Đào as Hạ and Takafumi Akutsu as Akira.
Most scenes were shot in Hokkaido, Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
Nhi said her film is set to release in cinemas across Japan this year.
Thiên Ngân (Galaxy) Film, one of the country’s leading film distributors, will distribute Nhắm Mắt Thấy Mùa Hè in Việt Nam on June 1. — VNS