From “You Only Live Twice” (1967) to “Black Rain” (1989) and “Lost in Translation” (2003), directors who choose Japan as a filming location are often well-rewarded with beautiful backdrops. The local flavor that works its way into a movie can sometimes be as important as the characters or plot.

Along with celebrating short film as its own distinct form of cinema, the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia allows plenty of opportunities to let Japan shine via the lens of filmmakers from here and around the world.

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