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Bon Odori

United States of America 2023
Duration: 04:37
Directed by: Trent Osaki, Sally Thai
Screenplay: Hal Nguyen, Trent Osaki, Sally Thai
Animation: Fiona Rieta
Technique: 3D/2D Hybrid Animation
Music: Victor Kong
Production/School: San Jose State University
Dialogue language: N/A
Subtitles language: N/A

Bon Odori is a 3D/2D animated short film that delves into the heart of Obon, a Japanese Buddhist festival that celebrates the memories of ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. The film's title, which translates to "Bon Dance," refers to the traditional folk dancing performed during the festival. The story follows Kai, a young Japanese American boy struggling with the loss of his grandmother, and trying to navigate his first Obon without her.