7-10 OCTOBER 2023
Asian Project Market

2023 Project

Son & Sun Director KAWAWADA Emma Country/Region Japan
  • Producer IDE Yoko
  • Production Company ASMIK ACE, INC.
  • Writer KAWAWADA Emma
  • Shooting Format 4K  |  color  |  120min
  • Genre Drama
  • Project Status Script Development, Financing
  • Goals at APM Financing, Co-production
  • Total Budget USD 800,000
  • Financing in Place USD 380,000


Daniel grew up in Japan and Taiyo grew up abroad.
They have different looks and different experiences, but they start searching for their father within the time limit!


Daniel lives with mother, stepfather and sister. He was the only one with dark skin because of his black father, whom he had never met. His family is close, but he feels that they are always looking out for him, and he wants to save up money quickly, leave home to live alone.
One day a young English-speaking man Taiyo visits Daniel′s house and says, "Your father could be my father." It turns out to be a different person with the same name soon. Taiyo had recently lost his Filipino mother and was looking for his Japanese father, because if his father recognizes him before his 20th birthday, he will obtain Japanese citizenship and be able to live in Japan. With a little information, he asked a detective to investigate, and as a result, he came to Daniel′s house. Taiyo is depressed and asks Daniel to search for his father together. Daniel refuses first, but Taiyo says he will give him 500,000 yen if he finds him. Daniel accepts his proposal.
They set up a Twitter account, asking for information, and start looking for him with the few clues. They visit many people, researching the places where Taiyo′s father might have lived and the relationships he interacted with. Although they have different roots and upbringings, they naturally become friends as they spend time together. Finally, they reach the person they think is Taiyo’s father. They go to his place together, but their reunion comes to an unexpected end.

Director's Statement

My mother is Japanese, and my father is British. When I turned 20, I had to select one. I chose Japanese citizenship without hesitation, but to abandon one nationality was to abandon half of my roots. Because of these feelings of regret, I became interested in "choosing a place where people with two nationalities can live," which can only happen in countries that require a single nationality.
This film depicts young people struggling to grasp their identity with their own hands, while being tossed about by the system and the predetermined fate of nationality and family.
Through friendships that transcend race, nationality, and language, this film aims to create a vision for the future in which we will live.

Producer's Statement

This film is a story about two people with different roots who meet, each searching for their own identity, getting to know each other, and friendship that overcomes the boundaries of language and nationality.
It is natural that people from different backgrounds think differently. It is sometimes difficult to understand each other. Nevertheless, I believe that by trusting each other and striving to know each other, we can come to understand each other. At a time when conflicts still persist in the world, I am convinced that that the story of friendship depicted in this film will surely provide hope for the future.
We would like to make this film as an international co-production. To be applied for subsidy.

Director's Profile


Kawawada Emma was Born in Chiba, Japan in 1991 to an English father and Japanese mother.
After graduating from Waseda University, Kawawada joined Bunbuku in 2014, working as a director’s assistant on films by Kore-eda Hirokazu and others. In 2018, she was awarded the ARTE International Prize at the Busan International Film Festival Asian Project Market (APM) 2018. In 2022, she made her feature film debut with My Small Land (2022), which was invited to the Generation Kplus of the Berlin International Film Festival 2022 and received Special Mention from the Amnesty International Film Award. Additionally, this title won the Kau Ka Hoku Award Honorable Mention at the Hawaii International Film Festival 2022, the Exchange Award at the World Cinema Amsterdam 2022 and Golden Goats Awards at the Ale Kino! - International Young Audience Film Festival 2022. Her other directorial works include Circle (2013, short) and Kyo-no-Akinai (2015-2016, short documentary series).

Producer's Profile


Ide Yoko works for Asmik Ace, Inc. from 2008. Her produced works include The Scythian Lamb (Yoshida Daihachi, 2017) which won Kim Jiseok Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2017 and invited to Chicago International Film Festival 2017, A Long Goodbye (Nakano Ryota, 2019) invited to the Moscow International Film Festival and Hong Kong International Film Festival Cinephile Paradise 2019 and Missing (Katayama Shinzo, 2022) invited to the Busan International Film Festival 2021.

Asmik Ace, Inc. was established in 1985. In 2012, Asmik Ace became part of J:COM Group (Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd.), Japan’s largest cable TV conglomerate, enabling it to open up new possibilities in the entertainment industry. Its recent animation line-up includes the Golden Globe Award nominee INU-OH (Yuasa Masaaki, 2021), and its live-action feature film line-up includes Missing (Shinzo Katayama, 2022) and Rohan at the Louvre (Watanabe Kazutaka, 2023).