If you did not see the film in theaters or attend one of the many special screenings for the Japanese community, you can now watch the movie in your home.
The Harimaya Bridge was inspired by writer/director Aaron Woolfolk’s experiences living and working as an English teacher in rural Kochi Prefecture, Japan.
The movie tells the story of an American man who, after the sudden death of his estranged son in the Japanese countryside, must go there to claim some important family items. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind.
The movie stars Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, Victor Grant, Misono, Hajime Yamazaki, Sakura Thomas, Yukiko Kashiwagi, Toshiyuki Kitami, Miho Shiraishi, Honoka, Peter Coyote, and Danny Glover.
The film had a nationwide release in movie theaters in Japan in 2009, and an independent release in the U.S. in 2010. The San Francisco Examiner called The Harimaya Bridge “one of the best films of the year”, while The Los Angeles Times called it “powerful” and “a unique, complex, consciousness-raising accomplishment”.
Audiences and critics in both Japan and the U.S. have heralded the film for its compelling story and message, its cinematic value (including its beautiful photography), and its honest portrayal of Japan and its people free of the stereotypes often found in western movies.
The film is now available for viewing on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, AT&T, Verizon, Cogeco (Canada), MTS (Canada), and many more.
You can find it on your cable system, or learn more here: