Hirofumi's Suitcase

Hirofumi's Suitcase
A Short film by Natasja Pattipeilohy
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funded project
donated of €2.000
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About the project
LOCKLINEAn introverted Japanese expat gives his all to express his love for his Dutch language instructor. What will it take to get the message across?


An introvert Japanese expat is burned on professing his love to his Dutch language instructor before she leaves for her world trip, but the language barrier makes it impossible to express his emotions adequately. Despite of his fear of publicly losing face, he will give it his all in order to express his love for her.


Language barriers can be hindering daily communication, but at the same time they often produce hilarious or heart-warming situations. As long as one is willing enough to express his feelings, needs and opinions to another, there will always be an alternative way to communicate. With “Hirofumi Suitcase”, we want to tell the story of a humble man, forced to cross the language barrier to convey his message of love.


With your help we are going to make a film about love conquering fear, cultural differences and language barriers. It is love that triggers Hirofumi to come out of his shell. It is love that makes him face his fears. And it is love that makes you see that people can surprise you in a very beautiful and earnest way.

To convey this message we have written a script, put together a great crew and started with the casting.

It’s a low budget production. All cast and crew involved are volunteering their time, talent and energy.

We are happy to announce that we have received sponsorship of company’s like Camalot (camera), Single film (light), Filmmore (colorgrading), Redline (sound design) and a location for our film set.

However, we still need a small budget to pay for the traveling expenses, to hire additional equipment, to get props, costumes, make-up and to provide food and drinks during the shoot as a small compensation for our esteemed cast and crew.

Your generosity will be well spent and it will help us realize this project. Your contribution to our crowd funding campaign will provide us with the means to leave the visitors of CinemAsia FilmLAB 2018 with a smile on their face and give us the chance to be selected for other Film festivals in the Netherlands and abroad!

This film project is sponsored by:

(Video by Raoul Groothuizen)

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Quote that inspired the maker

“Facing a language you don't know is like returning to your infancy when your mother tongue used to be a foreign language to you”
Munia Khan
This project was successfully funded on 24-12-2017

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