2017 / Screening of Japanese entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy, Feb. 22

© 2016 “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son” Film Partners

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

JAPANEMA
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:00pm
Japan Foundation Los Angeles Auditorium
5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free to attend.  Reservation is not required.

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Selected as the Japanese Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
(Haha to Kuraseba)
(130mins, 2015)
In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer   https://youtu.be/vtXc0oWMUtY

About the Movie:

August 9, 1948. Nagasaki, Japan. An aging midwife named Nobuko (Sayuri Yoshinaga) is visited by the ghost of her son Koji (Kazuya Ninomiya), whom she lost to the atomic bomb.

From then on Koji visits his mother frequently to reminisce and catch up on lost time. Their biggest topic of conversation is Koji’s kind-hearted fianc’e Machiko (Haru Kuroki), who regularly visited Nobuko over the three years since Koji’s death.

Machiko and Koji both seem unable to fully accept Koji’s death, but Nobuko slowly encourages them to move on.

Japan’s famous filmmaker Yoji Yamada’s moving, star-studded film is a complementary response to playwright Hisashi Inoue’s seminal work “The Face of Jizo” (Chichi to Kuraseba), about a father-daughter relationship in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, and the master director’s self-proclaimed attempt at making “the most important film in his life.”

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