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Premiere: Hawaii Premiere
Director: Jay Chern | 96 min
When the moon no longer shines, the beautiful yet obsolete Bright Moon Ryokan in Kyoto is acquired by the innkeeper's Taiwanese former lover, who sends his son to supervise the renovation. Unaware of his hidden agenda, the innkeeper is excited about the idea of turning the hotel into a wedding venue, and suggests that he learns "omotenashi", the virtue of traditional Japanese hospitality, together with her daughter and her otaku helper.
Taiwanese American filmmaker Jay Chern, who relocated to Taipei after being raised and attending university in Texas, has made a name for himself in his adopted homeland, directing award winning short films, documentaries, and indie feature films WARMTH and DAWN/SPRING. In his latest feature film, which had its world premiere as the Opening Night Film of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Chern explores the deep cultural and filial bonds between Japan and Taiwan through the rich tapestry of a family owned business and the rich traditions that are ingrained within the walls and hallways of this small inn on by the shore.