(c)Nara International Film Festival+MOCUSHURA


Korean filmmaker Jang Kun-jae was a runner-up for the Golden SHIKA Award at the Nara International Film Festival 2012, and eventually he was given the right to make a film for NARAtive 2014, as the original winner had a schedule conflict. In the summer of 2013, Jang came to Gojo city, Nara, together with this crew members. "A Midsummer's Fantasia" is a fiction based on his own experience.


Korean film director, Kim Taehoon, visits a local town in Japan before shooting his new film there. The town in the countryside is quiet. Most of the young residents have already moved to big cities. He visits one place to another, interviewing local residents. Park Mijeong, Kim's assistant director and also translator, is now interested in a young man who works at a public relations office of the town while Kim receives a strong impression from the story of a middle-aged man. One night, Kim draws inspiration from the fireworks display in Gojo.


Director: Jang Kun-jae (South Korea)
Location: Gojo city, Nara
Japan & South Korea / 2014 / DCP / 96 min / Japanese & Korean with English subtitle



Jang Kun-jae

Born in South Korea in 1977, Jang moajored in Cinematography at the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA). His feature debut Eighteen (2009) won the Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The film was invited to many other festivals including Rotterdam, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires. His second feature, Sleepless Night (2012) was presented in over twenty countries as well as receiving prizes and awards from the Jeonju IFF, Edinburgh IFF and Festival des 3 Continents. He establisehd his own production company, MOCUSHURA, which has produced all of his features so far. Currently Jang teaches filmmaking at Yong-In University as an assistant professor.

Statement of director

This movie is divided into two parts. The first part is about the director Kim (main character)'s visits of places and interviews of residents. Since the part is based on my actual research of the location, Gojo city, Nara prefecture., it can be called a documentary or fiction. The second part is the director Kim's fiction on the basis of his inspiration from the visit and the interviews. These two parts are as if looking at the results of decalcomania, but in part only loosely related. You will see how the director Kim's research and inspiration are turned into a story.

Jang Kun-jae



Nara International Film Festival 2014

19th Busan International Film Festival Korea Film Director's Union Award

16th Busan Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Award

44th Seoul Independent Film Festival Judge special mention award

35th Film Critics Award Korea Association FIPRESCI Award


3rd Muju Film Festival The New Vision Award / Jeonbuk Critics Forum Award

16th asiatica film mediale Award for Best Feature Length

38th Göteborg International Film Festival

39th Hong Kong International Film Festival

21th Los Angeles Film Festival

4th Toronto Korean Film Festival

The Korean Film Festival DC


20th independent filmmaker project


34th Vancouver International Film Festival

11th Zürich Film Festival

1st FECIBogotá International Independent Film Fair

30th Mar del Plata International Film Festival

10th Korean Film Festival in Paris

15th South Taiwan Film Festival

10th London Korean Film Festival

1st Warsaw Korean Film Festival

44th International Film Festival Rotterdam


Theatrical release at Korea This movie mobilized more than 10,000 people in the first week and more than 30,000 people in the first month, recording exceptional hits as an indie film.

DVD release at Korea


3rd Wild Flower Film Awards Award for Cinematography (Masayuki Fujii)

52th Paeksang Arts Awards New Actress Award (Kim Sae-Pyeok) Nomination

30th Takasaki Film Festival

3rd Printemps Korean Film Festival (France)

Shinokubo Film Festival 2016



Theatrical release at Japan


10th Tochigi " Kura no Machikado" Movie Festival

DVD release at Japan


22th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival


Gojo City

Gojo City is located in the Midwest part of Nara Prefecture, it is a small city adjacent to Osaka Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture. In the Edo period, the Gojo Shin-machi area has prospered. The townscape that existed in the four centuries from the beginning of the Edo Period until the early Showa era was still left and quietly carved the time.





Pedro González-Rubio, the winner of the Golden SHIKA Award at the Nara International Film Festival 2010, directed "Inori," set in Kannogawa in Totsukawa Village, Nara. The Great Eastern Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the disastrous flooding in Totsukawa Village 120 years ago, and "Hojoki" (an essay wrtitten by Kamo no Chomei in the 13th century) which laments the transience of this world... Pedro received these incidents as being directly connected to himself and thus his journey began. As if following "Hojoki," Pedro conducted his camera like Kamo no Chomei put his writing brush on paper. In September 2011, the Kannogawa region was subjected to disastrous flooding due to a large typhoon and suffered devastating damage. Rubio heard of this disaster just as he was about to start editing his film. Facing the reality the scenery of the small community he filmed will never come back, the filmmaker showed his determined responsibility and gave his full focus in editing. With profound feelings attached to the villagers and the director himself, "Inori" is completed in 2012, the year marking the 800th anniversary since the Hojoki was written.
Pedro won the Golden Leopard Award with this film at the 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2012.