Now in its 25th year, Dances With Films is currently happening and among the many works of art is a one of a kind story. Akiko Izumitami’s short film Yae: Blind Samurai Woman has been announced as an Official Selection. The Japanese director's film will screen on June 13th at 4:45 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Yae: Blind Samurai Woman takes us to 18th century Japan, where a blind woman’s father is killed by a young samurai who was avenging his own father’s death. The blind girl agrees to be escorted to the nearest village.
The film stars Masa Kanome (Austin Powers, Goldmember), Yuwi Kim (The Music Box) and Nobuaki Shimamoto (Hecksaw Ridge) written by Akiko Izumitani and James “Doc” Mason.
Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) member, Akiko Izumitani is a female writer/director born and raised in Japan. Akiko first earned recognition through her feature-length documentary, Silent Shame (2010). The film won numerous awards worldwide, including Best Feature in the Beijing Movie Festival, and has a screening at an Oscar Qualified film festival. The film was sold to several territories including China and Denmark.
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