Genre: Animation

Produced by: Hiroko Fujioka, Katsutoshi Machiba, Tetsuya Ohashi, WOWOW, CinemaLeap

Directed by: Keisuke Itoh

Original title: Clap

Lead artist: Keisuke Itoh

Runtime: 13min

Language: Non-dialogue (Just a few instruction in English)

Completed in: 2021


One rainy day, “thread man” is walking down an alley when an empty can falls in front of him. He tries to create the sound himself by wearing the can on his foot and starts to dance.
Soon a crowd of people gather around him, and the sound of applause grows ever louder, though with the increased volume comes increased pressure.
Why did the thread man become scared of the sound of clapping?
When your heartfelt applause reaches the thread man, which signals the beginning of a beautiful sound.

Director’s statement:

“Clap” is a work of VR animation that you can experience simply by clapping your hands. A number of meanings are imbued in that single action, however, making the interaction of “Clap” quite profound.
Life doesn’t always go as we like, and we sometimes get depressed. At times like that, I invite you to encourage others, and yourself as well, through “Clap.”
All right, then. Clap your hands a lot with a positive attitude!

Origin: Japan

Devices: Oculus Quest series

Platform: VeeR