Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
dir. Dean Yamada 2014 | Narrative Feature Film | 100 min.
When Elementary School administrator Jumpei Taneda finds out he is sterile, he is thrust into an existential crisis that turns his life upside down. He begins having clairvoyant flashes that mysteriously lead him to cicada shells. Meanwhile he becomes a father-figure to his sister Nanaka’s young son Ryota, who is being bullied in school. Cicada is the first feature film from the team that created the award-winning short films Jitensha and Persimmon, directed by Japanese-American Dean Yamada and shot by an American crew entirely on location in Japan.