AkiDirected by Wanci Hua
- Animation, Coming-Of-Age
- 4 mins
A clumsy but dedicated beginner chef, Aki, makes his proudest dish — ramen — to win a honorable place to serve in the royal banquet. After being ridiculed during the presentation, Aki meets the gentle giant catfish spirit Bo, at his secret tranquil lakeside. Together they share a tender moment. With Bo’s encouragement, Aki embraces his flaws and learns to be kinder to himself.
Directed by Wanci Hua
Director’s Bio: Wanci Hua is a Taiwanese animator, currently studying at California Institute of the Arts. She loves creating whimsical world and sharing tender stories.
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