Becoming blind as an infant at the dawn of the 20th century, Haru had little in the way of opportunity as a young girl in Japan. With her father passed and her mother ill, Haru’s best option is to become a “goze” – a traveling singer and storyteller respected by many of the common folk. Haru’s mother Tome takes on the impossible burden of countering all of her motherly instincts to discipline Haru for a difficult life ahead.
THE LAST GOZE is the tragic yet inspiring true story of Haru Kobayashi, one the last artists of her kind. Despite being burdened with a disability that restricted her options at the time, Haru endures relentless emotional and physical violence to travel the countryside with an earned independence. At the height of her career, Haru became one of the most famous performers of her generation, eventually named one of Japan’s Living National Treasures.