We Are Shooting (戦場へ、インターン)
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We Are Shooting (戦場へ、インターン)
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© 2017VIPO

“Making a movie is like working on a battlefield, you know?”


“Making a movie is like working on a battlefield, you know?”

Reiko, an intern who has been tasked with keeping the set as quiet as possible during filming has her hands full with a screaming lady in labour and ambulance sirens to match. Lead actress Mai struggles to shoot a scene whilst competing with the noise coming from outside and the lack of noise coming from her director, who does anything but direct her.

We Are Shooting is a short film that follows two girls, Reiko and Mai, who are determined to prove themselves on the set of their first film. Fans of the slice of life genre will enjoy the remarkable work of young director Raita Yabushita, who is able to magnify the smallest of human interactions and turn them into the most poignant of moments for audiences.


This film was produced under the New Directions in Japanese Cinema (NDJC) Project. NDJC is a government initiative by the Agency of Cultural Affairs in partnership with VIPO (Visual Industry Promotion Organisation), of which aims to support young film makers and inspire a new age of Japanese cinema. Under the project a number of films are published annually and shot using 35mm film.

This 30-minute film will be screened as part of the Short Film Collection which also features by Dad’s Wedding by NDJC recipient Momoko Fukuda and highheels – a fairy tale born of obsession by Inchul Lee.

Year: 2017
Length: 30 mins
Classification rating: Recommended for ages 12 and over.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Please be advised that the Melbourne screening time has been changed to 18:40 from 18:20 (originally published in the printed program).


  • Director
    Raita Yabushita/
  • Producers
    Ishidzuka Kota/ Arai Hiromi/
  • Screenplay
    Yabushita Raita/
  • Cast
    Sairi Ito/ Minori Hagiwara/ Tomohiro Kaku/ Ryotaro Yonemura/ Ken Aoki/

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