Foreign Language Feature Film
Director: Ryo Saitani
Mimi is a 17 year old high school girl who lives in the Tokyo suburb of Asagaya on the Chuo Line. Mimi has a superb memory and her test results always put her at top of her class but she doesn’t fit in with her classmates and she constantly feels out of place at school.
One day, Mimi is hit with a thunderbolt that strikes an overhead power line. She is saved by the Thunder God who introduces her to his buddies, the God of Wind, Asura, the Great Land Master, the Sea God, the God of Rice and the God of Entertainment. They are all notably eccentric and more than a little ragged in appearance.
Mimi’s grandmother, Shizuka has been quite depressed since her myna bird, Hakushi, went missing a year ago. Mimi and the Gods slips back in time to 1940’s Asagaya and searches of Hakushi, the pet myna. Mimi meets her 16 years old grandmother, Shizuka who is a big fan of the great national poet Hakushu Kitahara. Mimi goes on to meet the poet Hakushu, an event that forever changes her shy and tame character.
But three days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, Mimi’s fate changed drastically. Radiation-contaminated rain fell in Tokyo. Since then, Mimi has endured pain in her tongue and she is determined to find out why. She and the gods start measuring cesium levels throughout Tokyo. They visit hot spots of cesium pollution to see the reality of damage from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.