THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN

Directed by: Nagashima Kazuyoshi 2016 | 79 min.

Section: Made In Hawaii

Premiere: International Premiere

Film Website

Countries: Japan, United States

Languages: English, Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Art, Biography, Documentary, Social Issues


Synopsis

Miwako's belief that her son was born for a purpose - that every creature given life by God has a calling- made the talent of Rikiya Asai, a painter with cerebral palsy, come into bloom. Spanning 20 years, this documentary tells their story.

Rikiya Asai cannot walk or talk as a normal person. He suffers from cerebral palsy.
His mother, Miwako, once thought of releasing her grip of his stroller on top of a steep slope and committing suicide. However, when Rikiya encounters painting at age 4 their lives change forever. Thanks to painting, Rikiya is finally able to communicate his thoughts with others. His paintings raise sympathy from many people, and he exhibits his work in Japan, China, Taiwan, San Francisco, and New York.

Today, Rikiya is 30 years old and has gone from being cared for, to caring for those people around him as well. However, Miwako is now in her 60’s and she worries about Rikiya’s life after she passes away. Those thoughts make her very uneasy. In order to find a way to make a living, Rikiya is exploring the use of cloud-sourcing to put his painting skills to use in various ways. Rikiya had already discovered his calling, but he keeps on rising to new challenges - life is an everlasting journey.

Screenings

Friday, November 04 6:15 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Saturday, November 05 12:45 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Nagashima Kazuyoshi
Producer Nagashima Kazuyoshi, Masami Kitada, Susumu Osato, Yoshi Shiraishi
Cast Miwako Asai, Riki Asai
Cinematographer Ryota Chida, Kenji Futami, Akira Muramoto, Yukihide Senba
Editor Kazuyoshi Nagashima
Writer Yuki Tsuchida
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