Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Generation Kplus

Paper Crane


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They only want what’s best for her: her parents praise her good school marks, and her grandma gives her the violin-bow she once had used as a child in Korea. The adults reprimand, encourage and expect a lot of her. It’s Sora’s seventh birthday, and they’re having her favourite sushi and cake. No friends are invited. Sora gazes longingly at a ball flying over the garden fence. She gets to make a wish when she blows out the candles.

Takumi Kawakami

Australia 2018

Korean, English

12’ · Colour

recommendation: 9 years and up

World premiere


Sonya Markowsky (Sora)
Jin Kyoo Kang (Father)
Seon Hwa Yun (Grandmother)
Juyoun Kang (Mother (voice))


Written and directed by
Takumi Kawakami
Director of Photography
Haridharan Gannason
Joshua Lee
Sound Design
Stephanie Ulan Manaloto
Robert Rogers
Production Design
Brigid Carmody
Assistant Director
Jason Hooker
Takumi Kawakami
Stephanie Ulan Manaloto


Takumi Kawakami

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1997, he is a director, screenwriter and producer. He studied film and television at Swinburne University of Technology in his home city. Paper Crane is his graduation film.


2018 Paper Crane; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Takumi Kawakami