Actors who also direct, though plentiful in Hollywood, are not so common in Japan. But Sara Ogawa’s career may be a sign that times are changing. Born in 1996, she has been an in-demand actor since she was a teenager, while directing three shorts and four full-length films, including her latest, “The Goldfish: Dreaming of the Sea.”

Released by Toei Video, it is also Ogawa’s first theatrical feature, made with talent, vision and lyricism that propels the film through its brief 76-minute running time, while conjuring up the protagonist’s inner world more with sidelong suggestions than bold statements.

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