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Little Stranger Films

An award winning film production company making films and connections between strangers.

  • 『マイ・ラブ 日本篇 絹子と春平』Reflections

    監督・戸田ひかる 「あなたが心惹かれる長年連れ添ったカップルを2ヶ月で探してください」 アメリカのプロデューサーにそんな無茶振りをされたのが2019年の年明け。シリーズとしての枠組みがすでに決まった後に、その趣旨に沿った出会いを求めるという初めての経験。まず先に出会いがあり、...

  • “My Love – Japan: Kinuko & Haruhei” Reflections

    dir. Hikaru Toda ‘Can you find a couple who embodies long lasting love in two months?’ It was the beginning of 2019 when I was approached by one of the executive producers of the series to create what ended up as one of the episodes of My Love: Six Stories of True Love. It would be my first attempt at working within a framework of an episodic series based around one theme. I was used to having...

  • LSF制作・戸田ひかる監督最新作『マイ・ラブ:6つの愛の物語 日本篇』2021年4月13日〜Netflixにて世界190カ国同時リリース!!

    2019年からLittle Stranger Filmsが制作を続けてきたNetflixオリジナルドキュメンタリーシリーズ『マイ・ラブ:6つの愛の物語 日本篇』がいよいよ日本時間2021年4月13日深夜より世界190カ国で同時リリースされます! 世界的大ヒットドキュメンタリー映画『あなた、その川を渡らないで』(2014年)のチン・...

  • Of Love & Law (formerly ‘Lawyers’) wins BEST PICTURE at Tokyo International Film Festival 2017

    What a ride it has been… 3 years in the making, Of Love & Law had its premier at 30th Tokyo International Film Festival on 28th October 2017. With an amazing response from both audience and industry, we were awarded Best Picture award in Japanese Cinema Splash category, showcasing new talent from Japanese independent cinema. The whole crew and cast is stunned and humbled at the honor of ...

  • ‘Lawyers’ is selected as one of the projects supported by Chicken and Egg Pictures’ Accelerator Lab!

      2015 was an exciting year for the ‘Lawyers’ team! We received the great news that the film was selected to be part of Chicken and Egg’s Accelerator Lab. ‘The Accelerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting a diverse group of women non-fiction directors who are first and second-time filmmakers. This program brings together five first-time and five second-time...



Netflix Original Documentary Series
My Love: Six Stories of True Love – Kinuko & Haruhei

My Love; Six Stories of Love - Kinuko and Haruhei in episode KINUKO & HARUHEI from MY LOVE; SIX STORIES OF LOVE. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix/NETFLIX © 2021

Of Love & Law

Fumi and Kazu are partners in love and law; they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers driven by their own experience of being ​outsiders​, they attract a range of clients who reveal the ​hidden diversity of a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness and conformity. Tired of being silenced and made to feel invisible, ​the lawyers and their misfit clients expose and challenge the archaic status quo that deems them second-class citizens.

OF LOVE & LAW follows the two lawyers as they enter into the lives of their clients; we meet Rokudenashiko, an artist arrested for breaking the obscenity law with her vagina themed art works; Ms. Tsujitani dismissed from her teaching position for not singing the national anthem at a graduation ceremony; Anonymous individuals who have no official legal status in Japan for being born outside of the traditional family structure.

In a country where being a ​family​ is the ultimate social status, the lawyers ​dream of becoming dads – but adoption is not even an option. But one day, Kazu and Fumi find themselves taking in a boy who has suddenly been made homeless, and their world start to change…

Of Love & Law Team

Director: Hikaru Toda is self-shooting Director/Editor based in London and Osaka working in long and short format documentaries. Her films have screened on BBC Storyville, France Televisions, NHK, The Guardian and major international film festivals including Hot Docs, CPH DOX and Melbourne International Film Festival. Hikaru moved to Japan for the first time in 22 years to make Of Love & Law.

Producer: Recently awarded the prestigious BFI Vision Awards for the UK’s most exciting emerging producers, Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer with an interest in the intersection between the personal and the political. She recently produced multi award-winning BFI/BBC supported A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015), which has also screened in both UK and European Parliaments. Elhum is an advisor for London Film Festival and film curator of Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture.  

Co-Producer Estelle Robin You of the French company Les Films du Balibari is based in Nantes. Her productions have been selected in festivals worldwide including Visions du Réel – Nyon, Planet Doc Review – Warsaw, Cinéma du Réel – Paris, Dei Popoli – Florence, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, Toronto and New Horizons – Wroclaw. In 2010, she was also nominated for the Procirep Best Producer award. Les Films Du Balibari

DoP Jason Brooks is a London-based cinematographer and camera operator specialising in documentary work in unfamiliar cultural contexts. Having trained in visual anthropology at Princeton University and Goldsmiths College, he has worked on several feature-length documentaries including Peace Vs. Justice (Klaartje Quirijns, 2012, Uganda); Addicted in Afghanistan (Jawed Taiman, 2009, Kabul); Uspomene 677 (2011, Mirko Pincelli, Bosnia) and; The Mouse That Roared (Judith Ehrlich, In Production, Iceland). Opticalism

Editor & Associate Producer: Takeshi Hata is an award-winning editor based in Osaka, Japan. He has recently worked on Kazuo Hara’s feature length documentaries.

Of Love & Law Contact

Director: Hikaru Toda | hikaru@littlestrangerfilms.com

Producer: Elhum Shakerifar |  elhum@hakawati.co.uk