FLMTQ: Was your decision to shoot black and white a stylistic choice or a narrative choice, to add a quality of timelessness to this contemporary story?
KK: I chose to shoot in black and white to add a quality of timelessness. I believe that what people from my generation were thinking about or feeling when they were younger, isn't very different from today's teenagers. I wanted to show this not through family relationships, but simply by representing teenagers in their daily lives and their friendship.
FLMTQ: We meet a character during our journey who is simultaneously gay, and hidden from public view. Was this correlation intentional? What are the attitudes toward homosexuality in Japan?
KK: The correlation was intentional. I think it's a reality Japanese high school girls don’t have the opportunity to face very often, because in Japanese society being gay is still very taboo. Unfortunately, the LGBT community is still facing discrimination in Japan.
However, gay romance is intriguing to a lot of Japanese women. There's this manga genre called Boys Love which is a very successful in Japan.
FLMTQ: Any new projects in the works?
KK: I currently have two upcoming projects. One is the love story of high school teenagers in Kyoto, and the other one is a comedy about a 40 year old man's adventures.