Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995, Japan, Japanese with English subtitles, 109 minutes, Cert: TBC
Tue 7 May // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
This delicate portrait of loss and regeneration is the debut feature of Hirokazu Kore-eda, one of Japan’s foremost contemporary filmmakers.
Five years after a young wife and mother loses her husband in an unforeseen tragedy, she re-marries and moves to a small rural fishing village. She adapts gradually, but still finds herself subject to an ache she can’t soothe or name. Like Yasujiro Ozu before him, Hirokazu Kore-eda has a rare sensitivity to the place of individuals within the natural world, a cautious faith in the restorative powers of nature, family and romantic love, and an equally strong conviction, expressed with the lightest of touches, that some things can never be restored.
“By 1995 Kore-eda was already well established as a documentary director, but it was his fictional debut that brought him international attention; winning prizes at Chicago, Vancouver, and Venice, and securing commercial releases in western countries.
Kore-eda’s haunting, meditative film traces a widow’s attempts to cope with and comprehend her bereavement. With its static camera setups and long takes evoking the work of the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu and Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Maborosi announced a vital new presence in Japanese cinema.”