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Maborosi
Certificate12A
Year1995
GenreDrama
DirectorHirokazu Kore-eda
LanguageJapanese
CountryJapan
Running Time1HR 50MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonThe Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda

After years as a documentary filmmaker, Kore-eda’s fiction debut launched the Japanese director’s international career, winning prizes in Chicago, Vancouver and Venice.

This poetic, exquisitely photographed drama tells the story of Yumiko (Makiko Esumi), a young woman trying to make sense of the mysterious losses that have haunted her throughout her life.

Despite a seemingly happy and tranquil life with her husband and young child, Yukimo is plagued by the memories of her grandmother’s disappearance many years ago. Tragedy strikes again when her husband dies suddenly in an apparent suicide.

With its static camera set-ups and long takes evoking the work of the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu and Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Maborosi marked a vital new presence in Japanese cinema.

Part of Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda, a season of films and events celebrating the work of the Japanese director.


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