THE PRISONER OF SAKURA
Spotlight on JapanMasaki Inoue
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.
|Sunday 10||12:30 - 14:40||Regal Dole Cannery 9|
|Cast||Junko Abe, Andrei Dementiev, Aleksandr Domogarov, Hana Ebise and Rodion Galyuchenko.|
|Screenplay||Masaki Inoue and Konstantin Samoylenko.|
Hitoshi Endô ... producer