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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

And So We Put Goldfish In the Pool

Directed by Makoto Nagahisa

Shorts Competition, Programmers' Picks / Japan / 2016 / 28 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / Color / 2.35:1, D-Cinema

Plays In:
Feminist AF

CGV Cinemas 3
May 1, 2017 9:00 pm


“Forced to confront the fear of societal pressure of who a woman should be, four young girls rebel.” – Ariel Du, Shorts Programming Committee

Short Film Grand Jury Prize, 2017 Sundance Film Festival, (Director, Makoto Nagahisa)

One summer day, 400 goldfish were found in the swimming pool of a secondary school. This is a story about four 15-year old girls who released the fish there. The story is situated in Sayama City in Saitama Prefecture. A conservative town without much entertainment, on that summer day, the town was hosting a summer festival. What happens to the girls in the 48 hours between the night before the incident and the next morning? Why did they release goldfish into the swimming pool? This 25-minute short story follows their emotions and motives closely.


Director's Bio

Makoto Nagahisa was born in 1984 in Tokyo. He produced many character contents, including Docomo dake mushroom. Currently Makoto works as a commercial film planner at an advertisement firm. In 2013, he became the first Japanese to receive a medalist price in the Young Lion Film category of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2015, he was won the best new writer award from Osaka Copywriters Club.


Executive Producer: Takeshi Tanaka
Producer: Haruki Yokoyama
Director: Makoto Nagahisa
Writer: Makoto Nagahisa
Cinematographer: Hiroaki Takeda
Composer: Kotaro Maruhashi
Sound Design: Junnosuke Okita
Sound Recordist: Takeshi Kobayashi
Editors: Maho Inamoto, Yusuke Kaneko
Cast: Hina Yukawa, Rina Matsuyama, Marin Nishimoto, Reina Kikuchi

Plays in

  1. Feminist AF

    Shorts Programs / 98 mins
    An intersectional glance at the many facets of women’s experiences. This collection features incredibly badass females from different cultural backgrounds. We hope you leave empowered and feeling like you can conquer the world. — Ariel Du

    In This Program: I am JUPITER I am the BIGGEST PLANET, Maria, Sleep Tight Maria, And So We Put Goldfish In the Pool, Cocoon, Tough

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Plays In:
Feminist AF

CGV Cinemas 3
May 1, 2017 9:00 pm