Hiroshi Teshigahara, most famous for his 1964 classic The Woman In The Dunes, directed this stellar short film in 1965. The film, titled White Morning, is a dynamic portrait of a working youth in Japan during the 1960s. It follows a young girl, Ako, as she works her job in a baking factory and cruises around with her group of friends. The film frequently cuts back and forth between her one-note factory life and her social life—which includes bowling and carnival rides—using jaunty editing to illuminate the hectic lifestyle of the character. After the relatively fun first half, the story slips into darker territory toward the end, suggesting that the potential threat of violence is never far off for a young girl. The film moves from playful to sad to reflective through its brief half-hour runtime, exuding a better understanding of the teenage experience than most feature films.