Neko no Hi

Cat Days | Katzentage
As Jiro suddenly seems to have lost his appetite for pancakes and syrup, his dad knows something’s not right. The doctor quickly figures it out: Jiro has cat flu. Harmless, it’s true, and rapid recovery is common, but something about the diagnosis is odd. Aren’t cats the only ones who can catch cat flu? In beautifully abstracted images and with deep devotion to detail, illustrator Jon Frickey tells an almost commonplace story.
by Jon Frickey
with Kanon Yamamoto, Yusuke Yamasaki, Iroha Sato, Shinobu Sawada, Fumio Okura, Yuna Fujiwara
Germany 2018 Japanese 11’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 4 years and up


  • Kanon Yamamoto (Jiro)
  • Yusuke Yamasaki (Daddy)
  • Iroha Sato (Little girl)
  • Shinobu Sawada (Doctor)
  • Fumio Okura (Animal shelter employee)
  • Yuna Fujiwara (Narrator)


Written and Directed by Jon Frickey
Editing Jon Frickey
Animation Jon Frickey
Music Gofish Trio & Satoko Shibata
Sound Design David Kamp
Sound Tobi Taskin, Steven Hofmann, Adriana Espinal
Casting Takashi Horiguchi
Producers Jon Frickey, Takashi Horiguchi

Jon Frickey

Born in Stade, Germany in 1979, he currently lives and works in Hamburg. Having previously worked as an art director in advertising, he has been a freelance filmmaker and illustrator since 2006. Neko no Hi (Cat Days) is his first short film for children. For the translation and voice recording of the film he collaborated closely with Japanese artist Takashi Horiguchi.


2007 Keine Angst vorm Atom! (Don’t Fear the Atom!); short film 2008 Bankenkrise (Financial Crisis); short film 2010 mr. iiuu & the Nasty Bird; short film 2013 Michelles Opfer (Michelle’s Sacrifice); short film 2018 Neko no Hi (Cat Days); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018