“Happy Song”

Happy Song
Tokyo-based actress SAKURA Mei returns to her hometown after some time upon the death of her elder brother in a traffic accident, then becomes stuck there due to Covid. She does nothing but play video games day and night until suddenly an elderly man enters the room eating popcorn, insisting that this is his house… Mei meets numerous elderly residents of the area who knew her brother, a former caretaker, and unexpectedly discovers drama in what she had thought a dreary town. Lead actor OKADA Tadao, aged 95 at the time of shooting, impresses with his mingling of truth and fantasy.

A theater group founded by actor/caregiver SUGAWARA Naoki in the town of Wake, Okayama Prefecture in 2014. The lead actor is 95-year-old OKADA Takao. The group presents shows created together by the elderly and their caregivers and holds workshops incorporating theatrical techniques into dementia care, based on the idea of bringing the wisdom of theater to the world of senior care and the depth of senior care to the world of theater. The approach of using theater to confront the challenges of a super-aging society has been taken up by documentaries and has attracted attention in recent yields from various fields.

Nagi Town Culture Center : Large Hall

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)
In cooperation with EPAD (https://epad.terrada.co.jp/)

<Performance Credits>
Written and Directed by: SUGAWARA Naoki
Performers: OKADA Tadao, KANESADA Kazusa, HANAFUSA Hiroaki, FURUKAWA Kyouko, SHIN Suhkye, TAKEDA Arifumi, INOUE Youko, NUKATA Shin’ichi, IWAMI Tetsuto, UETSUKI Shoko
Stage Manager and Set Design: ICHIKAWA Hiroaki
Lighting: KURIHARA Ryu
Sound: IWAMI Tetsunori
Producer: TAKEDA Tomoya, NOSAKA Makiko
Planning and Production: “Aging and Theater” OiBokkeShi
Supported by: Fukutake Education and Culture Foundation, The Saison Foundation
Promotional Art by: hi foo Farm
Promotional Illustration: ASANO Noi
Projection Design by: IDE Yutaka
In cooperation with: MINNANOOUCHI Pokkapoka

<Subtitling Credits>
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Guiyu MEI
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Muju TSAN
English Translation: Gary PERLMAN
French Translation: FUJIMOTO Satoko
Russian Translation: Ekaterina TARASOVA
Spanish Translation: José Antonio AMBRIZ

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End date of distribution: 19/2/2023