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FIRST - Directed by Isao Furugori


LOGLINE


Leaders around the world are fond of “X First” slogans.

But who really comes first when it’s time to make a decision?


SHORT SYNOPSIS


There are many small towns in Japan in difficult financial situations.

Faced with an urgent need to rebuild their economy, Kiryu is the perfect example.

A hero appears from Tokyo to solve the crisis.

But all is not as it seems, and our hero faces powerful opposition among the people he is trying to help. Who is really pulling the strings?



LONG SYNOPSIS


Behind every meeting in Japan, there is an underbelly of “unspoken agreements.”

About an hour by car from Tokyo, there is a little town called Kiryu.

Our hero, a man who once made advertisements for a living, is hired by Kiryu for the skills a man of his background possesses.

“Will you come up with a plan to revive the town?”

The man conducts a local investigation, identifies problem points, and comes up with a solution.

A plan is constructed, and at last, it is the day of the first tentative plan presentation.

In the Japanese business world, the fact is that success or failure in a presentation is often determined ahead of time,

by “laying the necessary groundwork.”

Despite a meeting’s importance, often the actual decision-makers themselves are not in attendance.

When matters outside the limited scope of the story come up, meetings often end with “we’ll have to sleep on it and reconsider.”

Generally in Japanese business, decision-making is avoided at the actual meeting.

Is it possible for our man to weather the storm of this risk-averse Japanese presentation culture and achieve success?


A former AD man with a plan Takuya Fujisaki


Ailing shopping district chairman Shigeru Nakane


Understaffed nursing home representative Kaori Inoue


Understaffed nursery school teachers Yoko Kakegawa Miyu Kanda


Housewife and mom with parents in need of care Rena (ex.Vanilla Beans)


A long-established restaurant owner Risa Itoi


Local high school girl with chairman's daughter Aoi Sato


Worried municipal hospital manager Noriko Iwasaki


Carefree municipal hospital president Keiji Miyazaki


Timid city hall manager Daisuke Miyachi


Loyal deputy mayor Satoru Kamata


Clueless top brass Kenichi Tamai


Shinshuku Girls、 Numataya Boys、Eikun People in Kiryu City


Isao Furugori

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT


Planning, Screenplay, Direction, Editing, MA, Promotion: Isao Furugori

Based in Tokyo, mainly involved in planning, directing, and editing commercials.

Past clients include Sony, Toyota, P&G, Honda, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Audi, BMW, Volvo, Nestle… With a record that includes numerous car commercials, I’m also a bit of a grease monkey and used to own a Mazda FC3S with circuit specs. Majored in Business Administration at Yokohama National University, where I studied conflicts caused by the progress of structured society. The short film “First” is my film directing debut.

Kiryu JC/TFC/OND°


Producer/Masakatsu Kasai Satoshi Oshima Daiji Yoshida Kiryu JC Nobumichi Asai

Production Manager/Takeshi Shimojo Moe Nishino


Assistant Director/Hirobumi Ichihara


Director of Photography/Ryuji Sanui Sakiko Shimizu


Assistant Cam/Shu Hagiwara Yoshihiro Okayama


Stylist/Sachiyo Yokomizo


Hair Makeup/Yuka Fujigaki

Sound/Ryuji Sanagi


Music/Joji Kano


Car Driver/Masaki Nimura Tetsuki Oka


Translation/Cooper.A Naganihhi Hiroyo Ota Andrew Houston


Director Screenplay Advertising/Isao Furugori


Award history


The Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

Reale film festival

Montreal Independent Film Festival

Venice Shorts

INDIE SHORTS AWARDS SEOUL

Flixze Film Festival

Chicago Indie Film Awards

New Wave Short Film Festival

New York Tri-State International Film Festival

Screen Power Film Festival

Royal Wolf Film Awards

Roma Short Film Festival

Tokyo International Short Film Festival

New Wave Short Film Festival

GIMFA - Gralha International Monthly Film Awards- Best Short Film Director

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

Seoul International Short Film Festival

4th Dimension Independent Film Festival

New Year Film Festival

Paris International Short Festival

Indian Indie Awards

Berlin Shorts Award

The Gladiator Film Festival

BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival

Garoa Awards - Monthly Short Film Festival of São Paulo



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