Thirty-seven seconds without breathing at the time of her birth was all it took for Yuma (Mei Kayama) to develop cerebral palsy. For the physically restricted 23-year-old, those brief moments have shaped the course of her life. They take on additional significance when another burning revelation carries the unsettling disclosure of a family secret. A brilliant mangaka, Yuma has a vivid visual imagination. Although she can’t walk, she can draw. When a publisher of manga porn asks her to gain some sexual experience in order to produce a more “realistic” story, Yuma embarks on an unlikely journey within Tokyo’s underbelly, where she’ll find adventure, generosity, and humanity. (adapted from Toronto International Film Festival by Giovanna Fulvi).

Directed by HIKARI
Produced by Katsuhiro Tsuchiya, Daisuke Sumitomo, Ryuji Yamagata, Shin Yamaguchi, HIKARI
Written by HIKARI
Starring Mei Kayama, Misuzu Kanno, Shunsuke Daito, Makiko Watanabe
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Country: Japan, USA
115 minutes
Subtitled