Red Silk of Fate—Tamaki's Crush


Red String of Fate is an East Asian mythology in which gods tie an invisible red string between those that are destined to be together. Sputniko! has collaborated with scientists from NIAS to genetically engineer silkworms to spin this mythical "Red String of Fate" by inserting genes that produce oxytocin, a social-bonding "love" hormone, and the genes of a red-glowing coral into silkworm eggs. Science has long challenged and demystified the world of mythologies: from Galileo's belief that the Earth revolved around the sun, to Darwin's theory of evolution and beyond—but in the near future, could science be recreating our mythologies? The film unravels a story around the protagonist Tamaki, an aspiring genetic engineer, who engineers her own "Red Silk of Fate" in the hopes of winning the heart of her crush, Sachihiko. However, strange, mythical powers start to inhabit her creation....