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Sign Gene: The First Deaf Superheroes (2017)

Sign Gene (original title)
The first generation of deaf superheroes with superpowers through the use of sign language.


Emilio Insolera


Emilio Insolera


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Insolera ... Tom Clerc
Benjamin Bahan Benjamin Bahan ... Hugh Denison
Hiroshi Vava Hiroshi Vava ... Tatsumi Fuwa
Danny Gong Danny Gong ... Ken Wong
Susan Mather Susan Mather ... Miss D
Carola Insolera Carola Insolera ... Kate Massieu
Humberto Insolera Humberto Insolera ... Jux Clerc
Nobuyuki Motte Nobuyuki Motte
Jesse Thomas Jesse Thomas ... Oliver Veditz
Naoki Harada Naoki Harada ... Inspector Shimamoto Yasunori
Iseki Reida Iseki Reida
M. Cristina Drovetta Insolera M. Cristina Drovetta Insolera ... Linda E. Clerc
Hitomi Sasaki Hitomi Sasaki
Irina Arsentieva Irina Arsentieva ... Carole Williamson
Akihiro Hataya Akihiro Hataya


The first generation of deaf superheroes with superpowers through the use of sign language.

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There are 300 genes responsible for deafness. But only 29 form the Sign Gene. See more »




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Italy | Japan

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sign Gene: The First Deaf Superheroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan See more »


Box Office


EUR25,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pluin Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Color (HDCAM)
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Did You Know?


Sign Gene is making waves, and has inspired one Italian linguist to declare it "the symbol of activism for the visual community." See more »

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Incredibly...psychedelic. An unlikely cult classic.
3 March 2018 | by brettjohanssonvikSee all my reviews

This movie has the potentials to polarize the audience like few before. Obviously there are people who like it and people who don't like it but the challenge in 'Sign Gene' is that it goes to the extremes by exciting it with a continue presentation of unfamiliar topics such as deaf history, culture while speaking in languages unknown to most people and introduces a psychedelic narration into mainstream culture leaving behind those who cannot follow it so negative responses based on ignorance might come out.

It's hard to describe how good this movie is but it really is that good. I thoroughly enjoyed this film very much. One of the very few films that shows the real spirit of the very low budget indie cinema, only $25k, and sticks closely to the deaf cores' values behind and on the screen. As a film lover, I regard 'Sign Gene' as one of my favorites.

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