This “Miyazaki Daisuke joint” (an explicit reference to the socially engaged films of American director Spike Lee) is a hip hop fable portraying the tense relations and dynamics between Japan and the United States. Yamato has been laying in the shadow of an American Air Force base since the second World War, causing elements of American culture to seep into the town. For a majority of Yamato’s residents the base is mostly a nuisance, with the sound of jet fighters landing and taking off dominating the city’s soundscape. It’s in this environment where introverted teenager Sakura tries to make it as a rapper; a cause that seems hopeless until the arrival of her American stepsister Rei fills her with new insights. Reinvigorated by the authenticity that drew her to hip hop in the first place, Sakura decides to embrace her unique perception of the world.
“Daisuke Miyazaki tells the story of a girl who can stir up our minds with a delicate sensibility, perfectly translated into an awe inspiring performances during the movie’s captivating finale.”- Jungyeon Sung, CinemAsia programmer