Kei Chikaura

Sunday 31 March – h 15.30 • Cinema PortoAstra


Chen Liang, a young Chinese man, is an illegal immigrant in Japan. One day he receives a call about a job offer meant for someone else. In his desperation, he pretends to be the intended recipient in order to get the job, which turns out to be a work at a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master with the fear that his identity could be exposed at any moment.

Japan, China
Color, 2018, 115’
Original language Giapponese, Cinese
World Premiere Festival di Berlino 2018

A film by
Kei Chikaura
Kei Chikaura
Yutaka Yamazaki
Kei Chikaura
Lu Yulai, Tatsuya Fuji, Sayo Akasaka, Kio Matsumoto
Kei Chikaura, Hu Wei


Kei Chikaura started his career as a filmmaker in 2013. His 2nd short film, The Lasting Persimmon was selected for Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2016. His 3rd and latest short film, Signature was selected for Locarno International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival 2017, among many others. It won the Grand Prix at Encounters Film Festival 2017.

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