06-24 November 2019

THE PRISONER OF SAKURA

THE PRISONER OF SAKURA

ソローキンの見た桜

Spotlight on Japan
Masaki Inoue

Japan

2018 / 112’ / Hawaii Premiere / Japanese

THE PRISONER OF SAKURA

A young assistant director named Sakurako Takamiya (Junko Abe) at a local TV station aims to make a program about the Russo-Japanese War at the dawn of the twentieth century. During her research, she discovers a diary written by Alexander Sorokin (Rodion Galyuchenko), a Russian lieutenant and prisoner of war who quietly plans to escape and join the communist revolutionary movement. Embittered after losing her brother to the conflict, Sorokin is tended to by a Japanese nurse named Yui - Sakurako’s great-grandmother (also played by Abe).

Despite their political differences, Yui and Sorokin engage in a forbidden romance, torn apart by family, culture, nationhood, politics, and war. Filmed in St. Petersberg, Russia as well as the historic prisoner of war camp in Matsuyama, Japan, THE PRISONER OF SAKURA is a romantic epic that explores deely human moments during inhuman times. A major collaboration between Russian and Japanese filmmakers, this film is a grand attempt at international understanding over a historically contentious event between the two nations.

-Kanani Lyons

Screenings
Sunday 10 12:30 - 14:40Regal Dole Cannery 9 add
DirectorMasaki Inoue.
CastJunko Abe, Andrei Dementiev, Aleksandr Domogarov, Hana Ebise and Rodion Galyuchenko.
ScreenplayMasaki Inoue and Konstantin Samoylenko.
CinematographerTomoaki Iwakura.
EditorMasaki Inoue.

Hitoshi Endô ... producer
Irina Inoue ... producer
Yumiko Masuda ... executive producer
Keisuke Shimizu ... producer
Junya Tamada ... co-producer

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