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True Colors Film Festival Launch on December 3

The True Colors Film Festival opens on International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, December 3, 2020. The festival launch program is as follows:


3 December 2020

  • English and Japanese Subtitles

  • Japanese dubbed in English

TCFF Launch Introduction

Featuring Hirotada Ototake, HIKARI, Mei Kayama

TCFF Launch Introduction archive

37 Seconds Online Screening

Japan | 2019 | 115 mins

18:00-20:00 JST / 17:00-19:00 SGT

Exclusive to Japan and Singapore only

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Yuma is a 23-year-old comic book artist who has cerebral palsy. She lives with her mother but seeks to lead a more fulfilling life. She tinkers with the idea of becoming an adult manga artist and forges her own unusual path to sexual awakening and independence while at the same time discovering love and forgiveness. This endearing film won the Audience Award and Art Cinema Prize at Berlinale 2020, and Best New Director, Asian Film Awards 2020. Stars Mei Kayama and Shunsuke Daitoh.

37 Seconds Post-Screening Dialogue

Featuring director HIKARI and cast Mei Kayama and Shunsuke Daitoh

20:00-20:45 JST / 19:00-19:45 SGT

Director HIKARI and actors Mei Kayama (Yuma) and Shunsuke Daitoh (Toshiya; caregiver to Yuma) discuss the reception to 37 Seconds and the importance of representation of people with disabilities in film and other forms of entertainment.

Availability: Worldwide via Vimeo, links below (The links will be published at a later date) –
• Japanese, with Japanese Subtitles and Japanese Sign Language
• Japanese, with English Subtitles
• Japanese dubbed in English, with English Subtitles

37 Seconds scene

37 Seconds Post-Screening Dialogue archive


  • Hirotada Ototake

    Ototake Hirotada (born 1976) is a Japanese sports writer, a primary school teacher, and a member of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Board of Education from Osaka, Japan. Born with tetra-amelia syndrome, he has been using a wheelchair since childhood. Ototake wrote his best-selling memoir No One’s Perfect, which sold more than 6 million copies when he was a student at Waseda University. He is currently working on a project to walk with the prosthetic legs.


    Originally from Osaka, Japan, HIKARI is an award-winning writer, director and producer.
    Her debut short film Tsuyako (Drama, 2011, USC Thesis) visited over 100 film festivals worldwide receiving 50 awards including DGA Student Award for the Best Female Filmmaker, and the film was qualified for Oscar in 2012 and 2013.
    She’s currently in postproduction for her first feature film 37 Seconds (formerly Cantering) which she had participated in 2016 Sundance Institute/NHK Screenwriting workshop, Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab and 2017 Directing Lab. HIKARI holds an MA in Film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

  • Mei Kayama

    Mei Kayama was born in 1994 in Osaka, Japan. She was born as a premature baby which caused her congenital cerebral palsy and became physically disabled. Upon her graduation from Faculty of Social Welfare of Nihon Fukushi University, she began working for a social welfare company in Toyonaka city, Osaka where she’s a full time staff in the Community Welfare Division.

  • Shunsuke Daitoh

    Daito Shunsuke is a Japanese actor born in 1986, Osaka, Japan.
    Since he made his acting debut in the 2005’s TV drama Nobuta wo Produce, he is active in a wide range of movies, TV shows, and stage productions.

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TCF is a long-running international festival of performing arts. We celebrate diversity and inclusion, and embrace the fact that we are One World, One Family. We choose the arts as our platform, for its power to move, inspire and heal.

As a festival, TCF brings people together to generate exchanges, innovation and creativity; and transform the way we relate to each other.

Presented by The Nippon Foundation, TCF brings diverse artists and audiences together through concerts, documentaries, music videos, film screenings, children's programs, musicals, workshops and other activities. Since 2006, festivals have been organized in Southeast Asia and Japan, with more than 1,200 artists from more than 30 countries connecting with a global audience in more than 80 countries.

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