Let Me Hear It Barefoot

  • 127'
  • Japan
  • 2021

Naomi, a student dropout, only believes in things he can touch. However, when he really wants to touch someone, he recoils. As is the case when he befriends Maki, a happy-go-lucky young man who lives with Midori, a blind woman who dreamily expounds about places she has never been. When Midori becomes seriously ill, Maki and Naomi send her tapes from an imaginary trip around the world. Their relationship becomes more intimate whilst recording, but they only dare engage in rough, painful horseplay.

Hesitations, feints, social pressure and awkwardness colours this sensitively told tale of two young men as they become intimate with one another – a rare story of a gay relationship in Japanese indie film. Simultaneously, Kudo Riho expands on matters by depicting the obstacles to finding one's way in life, the fraught contact between Naomi and his father, and the tension between what is and isn’t real.

Director
Kudo Riho
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
127'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Hadashi de narashite misero
Language
Japanese
Producer
Amano Mayumi
Production Company
Erice Company
Sales
PFF General Incorporated Association
Screenplay
Kudo Riho
Cinematography
Sasaki Yasuyuki
Editor
Yamazaki Azusa
Sound Design
Hwang Young Chang
Music
Fujii Soma
Cast
Sasaki Shion, Suwa Shuri, Ito Kaho, Komoto Masahiro, Fubuki Jun