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Control Tower

Directed by Takahiro Miki
  • Beijing International Film Festival 2012
  • Chicago International Movies and Music Festival 2012
  • Kosmorama Trondheim International Film festival 2012
  • Raindance Film Festival 2011
  • JAPAN CUTS in NY 2011

The story of youth. Kakeru, a 15 year old boy, and Mii (Little My) , a female transfer student. They are two lonely teens who cannot find their place in life, but who gradually learn to relate to each other through the power of music.


"I am a 15 year old incompetent boy, who can sing and wants to make a mark. It is all I can do for Mii now".

Junior high-school boy, Kakeru Fujita, was born in the town of Wakkanai, at the "end of nowhere", on the northern-most tip of Japan. He cannot find his place in life.

One day he meets Mizuho Takimoto, a female transfer student, who reminds him of the character from the "Moomins", Little My. She has nothing in common with her classmates and keeps her feelings firmly under lock and key. However, she finds Kakeru, who listens to music by himself, congenial company. They are both solitary by nature, but find a common empathy through music.

Discovering an old guitar in Kakeru's house they form a band. They start to create music for the battle of the bands event "The Senko-Riot".

Director's Profile : Takahiro Miki

He was born on 29th August 1974 in Tokushima Prefecture. He graduated from the Literature Faculty at Waseda University.
His independent film "Aozora (The Blue Sky)" won the Grand Prix at the Waseda Independent Film Festival, whilst he was still a student.
In 1998 he went to work for Sony Music Entertainment. There he produced a lot of music videos for artists such as Zone, Orange Range, Yui and Uverworld.
In 2006 he went freelance, contracted under exclusive management to Stardust Promotion Inc.
Since then, in addition to working on music videos and live DVD concerts, he has been active in short films, drama, adverts etc. He is not only a producer of moving images, he is also the author of a mobile phone novel and the scriptwriter for a short film.
In 2010 he directed his first feature length film "Solanin", which starred Aoi Miyazaki and Kengo Kôra. This was highly successful and catapulted him into the limelight.


Directed by Takahiro Miki
Producer: Toshimi Fukuda, Tetsuya Take, Tomiji Kajiwara
Kento Yamasaki, Ai Hashimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Go Riju
© 2011 Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. / SME Records Inc.

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