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THE LAND OF HOPE

Written and Directed by Sion Sono
  • 37th Toronto International Film Festival – NETPAC Award For Best Asian Film
  • 6th Subversive Film Festival – Best Fiction Feature film
  • 34th Durban International Film Festival - Best Feature Film
  • 9th Dubai International Film Festival – MUHR ASIAAFRICA FEATURE COMPETITION
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2012
  • 27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival
  • 17th Busan International Film Festival
  • 41st Montreal Festival du Nouveau
  • 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival
  • 48th Chicago International Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  • 13th San Diego International Film Festival
  • 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • 23th Stockholm International Film Festival
  • 49th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • 21st Madrid Experimental Film Festival
  • 30th Torino International Film Festival
  • International Istanbul Independent Film Festival 2013
  • 31st San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival
  • Japan Society 311 Special Screening
  • 15th Deauville Asian Film Festival
  • Helsinki Cine Aasia
  • 2013 Environmental Film Festival
  • CPH PIX 2013
  • Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival 2013
  • Riviera Maya FIlm Festival 2013
  • Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival 2013
  • The Sarasota Film Festival 2013
  • 39th Seattle International Film Festival
  • Nippon Connection 2013
  • 60th Sydney Film Festival
  • 16th Shanghai International Film Festival

An award winning director Sion Sono’s latest film is not a documentary but Japan’s first feature drama depicted one family trying to face the hard but true reality of Tohoku Tsunami earthquakes and nuclear power plant explosion.

Synopsis

In a typical Japanese village, Yoichi Ono lives with his wife, Izumi and his parents. The Ono family live a frugal, but happy life as dairy farmers living in the peaceful village. One day the worst earthquake in history strikes causing a nearby nuclear power station to explode. Their neighbors, who live within the range of the nuclear power station, are forcibly ordered to evacuate by the government. But the Ono family have only half of their garden designated as within range. They then have to make a hard decision whether to take refuge or not.

The film,which is examining a highly relevant subject, describes the mental anguish of the family. A family that is forced to separate by an extremely unfortunate event beyond their control. The past, the present, and the future of the two couples from different generations rises to the surface.

Director's Profile : Sion Sono

Director Sion Sono has attracted both domestic and international acclaim through his recent run of films: "Cold Fish"(Venice 2010) and "Guilty of Romance"(Cannes 2011) and "Himizu", which won the Marcello Mastroianni Award(Best New Actor Award) for the main actor, Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido. His films continue to attract large amounts of attention both domestically and internationally.

Credit

Written and directed by Sion Sono
Producer: Yuji Sadai, Mizue Kunizane, Yuko Shiomaki
HD/Japanese/colour/133min/2012
Isao Natsuyagi/Naoko Ootani/Jun Murakami/Megumi Kagurazaka
© 2012 The Land of Hope Film Partners

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http://kibounokuni.jp/

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