06-24 November 2019




Spotlight on Japan
Junji Sakamoto


2019 / 120’ / North American Premiere / Japanese


Sometimes, after being away from home long enough, it starts to feel like ANOTHER WORLD. Junji Sakomoto’s heartfelt drama explores friendship, family, tradition, and growth through the stories of three childhood friends from rural Mie prefecture. Two of them, Hiroshi (Goro Inagaki) and Mitsuhiko (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) stayed behind, inheriting their fathers’ business. Meanwhile, Eisuke (Hiroki Kasegawa) left their hometown to join the Self-Defense Forces. But his unexpected return one day reopens old bonds and wounds in their relationships, altering the way they view their lives and their town forever. As their own personal and family problems unravel, will they be able to find solace, healing, and ultimately, friendship, with each other once more?

With sincere, masterful performances from its cast, including Mayu Harada, Chizuru Ikewaki, and Rairu Sugita, Veteran filmmaker Junji Sakamoto’s touching narrative about the lives we lead and those we’ve left behind garnered the Audience Award at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival.
-Adrian Allaria




Sunday 10 15:15 - 17:20Regal Dole Cannery 13
Thursday 14 16:30 - 18:35Regal Dole Cannery 1
DirectorJunji Sakamoto.
CastMayu Harada, Hiroki Hasegawa, Keisuke Horibe, Chizuru Ikewaki, Gorô Inagaki and Kiyohiko Shibukawa.
ScreenplayJunji Sakamoto.
CinematographerShingo Gima.
MusicGoro Yasukawa.

Yukiko Shii ... producer

Editorial Department
Yûki Izumi ... digital intermediate cordinator
Soichi Satake ... digital intermediate colorist

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