On Sunday Oct 15, I went to the Short programs 3 that contained the films
- Miyuki’s Wind Bell
- Frog in the Well
- Top Spin
- To Kill a Bumblebee
- The Vault
All of these films were very well written. Some of the films were very hilarious and others were very dramatic and emotionally deep. I actually enjoyed every one of the short films that were featured in this program. The films that made the most impressions were Miyuki’s Wind Bell and To Kill a Bumblebee.
Miyuki’s Wind Bell was the story of a teen girl who brought her half brothers up to visit their grandma. She does not get along well with her half brothers and really feels like the countryside is boring. Miyuki meets a boy there called Genki and he is determined to impress Miyuki by showing here the countryside. After Miyuki’s constant disappointment of each site, Genki shows Miyuki his “secret place”, which turns out to be an old WWII bomb. The half brother had been following Miyuki and Genki the entire time. The brothers start to play with the bomb and remove the safety pin after the Miyuki and Genki had left. After returning home and finding from grandma that the brothers were not home, Genki and Miyuki race to the “secret place”. They get there and get the brothers away from the bomb before it falls over and explodes. After the experience, Miyuki becomes very close to her half brothers at the end. I enjoyed that at the end she was very close to her brothers because I am very close to all of my siblings.
To Kill a Bumblebee was a funny but had a grim settings. The story is about two hunters who are out in the woods hunting. They eventually get a boar, but when they go to pick up the boar then is a body of a illegal immigrant with one of the hunters’ bullet in the back. The hunters argue with each other over what to do. They agree that they have to bury the body so as not to be accused of murder and then another illegal immigrant bursts out of the bushes and starts running. The hunters pursue and one of them shoots the immigrant in the shoulder. The hunters then argue again about whether they should kill this one as well. They agree that it needs to be done for their family and the immigrant again starts running. The hunters pursue again shoot him in the back as well. The problem is where the hunters shot the immigrant is right next to a family camping. After a very brief pause, the hunters start to shoot at the family. The family’s son escapes the initial slaughter and he heads to the road. The hunters pursue the boy and kill him on the side of the road. They walk up to where the boy’s body is and before the hunters could do anything else, a bus of boy scouts is parked near the body. The bus of boy scouts sees the hunters and the body. After another short pause, the hunters raise their rifles towards the group and the film ends.