Japan, USA
24 min

The Horse Hospital

24 September



In post-war Japan, Tsuyako lives a demanding life as a mill factory worker, obedient wife, and loving mother. But the visit of an old lover, Yoshie, reignites old passions and she must choose between her duties and the promise of freedom.

Screening as part of Shorts: What We Want


Originally from Osaka, Japan, HIKARI is an award-winning writer, director and producer. Her debut short film Tsuyako screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide and received over 50 awards including Directors’ Guild of America Student Award for the Best Female Filmmaker. Her other films include A Better Tomorrow, Where We Begin, Can & Sulochan, and 37 Seconds.

Additional Information

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.