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The Fish with One Sleeve

Tsuyoshi Shoji


Forever myself.
A 34-minute story of a trans woman gently but firmly taking her first step. Living my true self.
Director Shoji's latest and much-talked-about film is now available at THEATRE for ALL with barrier-free Japanese subtitles and audio guidance.

Hikari Shintani (Yu Ishizuka), a trans woman, works at an ornamental fish company and lives alone in Tokyo. While occasionally feeling an indescribable distance between herself and others, she shares a good rapport with her coworkers and a trans woman friend. One day, Hikari returns to her hometown for a business trip. To reveal her true self as a woman, she gathers her courage and texts her old classmate Takashi, a long-unrequited love from high school.

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Until recently in Japan, transgender roles were often played by cisgender actors. In this film, the actors were selected in Japan’s first-ever audition held specifically for trans women. Out of many applicants, the fashion model Yu Ishizuka was cast for the main role. Few other trans women were also cast through the audition.

Artist Profile

             Tsuyoshi SHOJI


He started his career when he was in Musashino Art University student. His early work “Lost in the Garden” is exhibited in “Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival”and won the Special Jury Award in 1995. After that, he directed many works in wide genre, from independent to commercial film. ”Kenka Bancho the movie series”(2008-2011) “The Onee Chanbara Vortex” (2009) which is both from famous game titles. He also active as a VFX professional. The short film”OldNarcissus”(2017) is awarded 10 prizes and was screened over 20 film festivals in 7 countries.

Message from artist / creator

I hope you will consider the issue of media representation of minorities in terms of what it means for parties to play minority roles.



Hikari / Koki … Yu Ishizuka

Chiaki … Rika Hirohata

Takashi Hisada … Hisao Kurozumi

Tomoka Igari, Taijiro Tamura, Hideko Hara


Written, Directed & Produced by Tsuyoshi Shoji

Based on Yumi Fuzuki’s poem “The Fish with One Sleeve”

Cinematographer … Hajime Kanda

Lighting Technician … Kazushi Maruyama

Sound Recordist & Sound Effects Artist … Kota Sasai

Art Director … Kaori Haga

Editor & VFX Artist … Tsuyoshi Shoji


Music by Yu Ojima

Theme song “RED FISH”

Lyrics by Yumi Fuzuki

Composed by Yu Ojima

Sung by Miyna Usui


Produced & Distributed by BAGMOTH

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