He Saw How His Friend Longed For The Sea, So He Helped It Go Home


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A boathouse, beached by the river, is visited by a kid who leads an amused, carefree life. The blazing summer touches this boathouse very lightly, as it remains shaded under a bridge.

It’s stuck in a forgotten time. And stuck in it is an elderly man, shaped like a catfish. He has a small catfish pet. They are both Big Catfish and Small Catfish.

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One day, the kid is gifted an old camera. He also inherits the memories, and their longing for the sea, the beach, and the ocean.

It’s not a long way home for Big Catfish and Small Catfish. The sea is only a skip and a hop away.

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Just as their memories and longing for home start to fade away, he sends them home.

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‘Way Back To The Sea’ was the top regional Digicon6 JAPAN winner.

Kaori made the film as a tribute to her grandfather: he gave her an old camera, but she refused it accept it as a parting, final gift from him. It turns out she was mistaken. Her grandfather simply wanted to buy a newer camera!

Kaori shares that the silhouette of Big Catfish is true to her grandfather’s frame. Her grandfather is well and alive today, at the age of 90.

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