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Yamome by Kenjo McCurtain

40-something widow, Tomoko Tanai, recounts her experience of dating a man 15 years her junior, Satoshi, who she meets through an online dating app. She warms to him over the following months – despite feeling somewhat inadequate and finding herself presenting an idealised image of herself – as they continue their weekly dates.

Eventually, Satoshi suggests they move in together, to which Tomoko eagerly accepts. Tomoko makes the down payment on the apartment, but soon after her would-be partner disappears. This leads Tomoko to question the man’s motivations as she turns detective, but it also leads to identity-crisis laden self-evaluation.

About The Author

Kenjo McCurtain is an award-winning filmmaker who moved to Japan to pursue his craft after graduating with a BA in Film Studies in the UK, where his work was selected at the university’s annual film festival. Kenjo has written and directed four short films. Make-Believers, a five-year labor of love, will be his feature film debut as director. Works: ‘Necropolis’ (2014): selected for the Fukuoka Independent Short Film Festival and ranked in Yahoo’s top ten videos online thereafter; ‘Automation’ (2017) winner of Best Director and Best Actor at the English Riviera Film Festival, Official Selection at Bali International Film Festival and Hollywood Verge Awards; ‘Yamome’ (2018) winner of the Independent World Best Short Film Award at Mt. Fuji Atami Film Festival, Best Actress and Best Drama Short at Genre Celebration Film Festival, the 2019 Shorties Film Festival Best Editing and Best Film winner, and Official Selection for various film festivals worldwide; ‘Transmission’ (2019) a psychological-horror short beginning its festival run in late-2019. Kenjo is a Kyoto Filmmakers’ Lab alumni and bilingual in English and Japanese.

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