19th Titanic Filmfestival

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Haru’s Journey

Haru tono tabi
Japan, 2010
Directed by:

Scr.: Masahiro Kobayashi
Phot.: Kenji Takama
Ed.: Naoki Kaneko
Music: Junpei Sakuma
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Eri Tokunaga, Hideji Ohtaki, Kin Sugai, Yuko Tanaka
Distributor: T-Joy Co., Ltd. 
134 mins

Masahiro Kobayashi starts this family drama in the form of a road movie on the remote northern island of Hokkaido. In a small fishing village, tensions rise between the rebellious 19-year-old Haru and her crippled grandfather, who she reluctantly looks after. In order to find a solution, the odd couple go looking for relatives who could care for the old man. It turns into an uneasy journey, filled with clashes and surprises, but it is also a journey which leads to new-found trust and understanding.

Kobayashi, who regards himself as an outsider in Japan and does not shrink from a critical approach, investigates the meaning of ancient Japanese values such as acceptance and family responsibilities in Harus Journey in an uninhibited, ironic yet also moving way. An impressive leading role by the veteran Nakadai Tatsuya, once the star of many films by Kurosawa.



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