The Light That Never Goes Out


Theater screening

1/27 11:00

A pilot jidaigeki film born from the 2022 Kyoto Film Pitching project

In 1812, a magic lantern performer Zenkichi was leading a humble yet happy life with his beloved wife Okinu and young son Kenbō. One day, Okinu and Kenbō drown to death in a river. When grief-stricken Zenkichi contemplates quitting his job as a performer, something mysterious happens. Pictures of a snake and a ghost start moving and talking as if they're alive: “You seriously believe that they drowned?”

Director Yohei Shikano

Actor Takahiro Hotta,Keisuke Nishiyama,Shiho Tanaka,Ryuta Sakamoto,Ayami Oishi,Ran Hagiwara,Masahiko Kakazu

Japan| 2022| 19min|

  • Human Drama
  • Fantasy


Yohei Shikano [Film Director]

Yohei Shikano [Film Director] Shikano was born in 1992 in Yokohama. After completing his studies at the Graduate School of Film and New Media at Tokyo University of the Arts, he joined Toei Co. as an assistant director. As a member of the directing department, he worked on a number of films and TV series, such as Blood of the Lone Wolf (2018) by Kazuya Shiraishi, in the Tokyo and Kyoto studios. He currently is a freelance assistant director and filmmaker. His 2022 film Tsukumo-san won several awards including the Competition Grand Prix at the 3rd SAITAMA Nantoka Film Festival and JAPAN Silver at DigiCon6 JAPAN 2022. is 2023 work Pokkari Garandō won the Grand Prix in the 25th Indies Movie Competition of Nagaoka Film Festival.