Short Film of the Day: Junko’s Shamisen

Why Watch? Because a hybrid of manga, live-action and WTF is exactly what you need to get you through the day.

This outstanding short delivers a visual experience where people live inside the pages of a Japanese comic book that seems inspired by Noh Theater and little orange pills.

A young girl named Junko lives with her shamisen-playing grandfather who is killed while she’s playing in the woods. Accompanied by her stop-motion fox friend, and inhabiting a stage world lorded over by a narrator and his band, Junko must find a new path at the edge of a knife.

What Will It Cost? Just 10 minutes of your time.

Does it get better any better than that?

Check out Junko’s Shamisen for yourself:


Written, Directed, and Animated By: Sol Friedman

Starring: Clemence Wong, Benny Min, and Kenji

Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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