Felicity Tillack Drops Trailer for Debut Feature Film “Impossible to Imagine”

The Two Gay Geeks received an email from our own Hamish Downie letting us know about a new film from debut filmmaker, Felicity Tillack.

Below are the details on the film, Felicity, as well as the trailer itself.

Please have a look.


Impossible to Imagine

Kyoto-based Australian Director Felicity Tillack dropped the trailer this week for her debut feature film, “Impossible to Imagine”. Felicity’s documentary work has been featured multiple times in “News Sushi” (including in the debut issue).


The story of a traditional, Kyoto woman who runs a failing, kimono business and the biracial entrepreneur who comes to help keep it solvent. Along the way they fall in love but his need for change clashes with her desire for the world to stay the same. In the end, can they change enough for the other?


Impossible to Imagine is a romantic film, shot within the beautiful city of Kyoto. While providing social commentary on Japan, it also explores universal themes of identity, love and acceptance.
A child of two cultures, Hayato struggles to find his
place anywhere, which often results in frustration. Ami however, strong in her sense of self, holds tightly onto what she loves: her
business, her family, and the past.
The film asks, what does it mean to be Japanese? Will, in the face of rapid ageing, and depopulation, Japan accept those who don’t fit the traditional definition of what it means to be Japanese?


Felicity Tillack is originally from Australia, but has been living in Japan since 2006. She is fascinated with the concept of identity and belonging. The main premise of Impossible to Imagine is the question, “Where is Japan going as a country?”. This theme can be found in much of Felicity’s work. She has made documentaries
which investigate multiculturalism in Japan, and run interviews that describe life behind the scenes in the traditional worlds of Buddhist temples and sumo stables.


Yukiko Ito is an experienced stage actress and director, featuring in her second film role. She has acted in Japanese period dramas and is skilled in the traditional Japanese arts of kimono,
dance and shamisen. She is a versatile actress, and brings great depth to the role of Ami Shimizu.


This is the first film acting role for William Yagi Lewis. Born and raised in rural Shiga prefecture, Japan, he attended college in United States. Hayato Arai’s character was in part inspired by William’s background and he brings freshness and passion to the role. William is a skilled photographer and musician.


The sound track of Impossible to Imagine features tracks from a talented group of artists. The theme song by Jeremy Lim, mixes the Japanese sense of “wa” with Jeremy’s trademark soulful, electronica. Composer Hanako Ward builds the emotional ambience of the film using a mixture of piano, violin, shimisen and koto. Australian indie rock artists, Diet., Dolphin Dog, and Made In Japan punctuate the fun, fast moments, as their lyrics underline moods and messages within the film.


Hamish Downie is a Japan-based Australian Filmmaker and Producer. Notable work includes multi-award winning short, “An American Piano” and the music video for Robyn Loau’s single “Never Let You Down”. He’s currently in post-production on his debut feature film, “Kodokushi”.

More About the making of Impossible to Imagine can be found at this link on Where Next Japan, the website of Felicity Tillack.

Film Specifics:
English Title: Impossible to Imagine
Japanese Title: 想像が出来ない (Souzou Ga Dekinai)
Running time: 75 minutes
Genre: Romance/social commentary
Year: 2018
Language: Japanese and English
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Felicity Tillack (director, scriptwriter)
Hamish Downie (producer)

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