Haru’s Journey

Haru’s Journey  {Haru Tono Tabi}
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Haru’s Journey
Haru Tono Tabi
Japan, 2010, 134 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, Family Friendly, Road Movie, Seniors
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Like the foreign language Academy Award-winner Departures, Haru’s Journey provides an insider’s look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial commitment. It tells the story of elderly fisherman Tadao and his granddaughter Haru, who live in a small fishing village in Hokkaido. When Haru’s job disappears, she wants to take her stubborn grandfather to live in Tokyo where she will find more opportunities. But Tadao refuses to go to the capital, sparking a search for another family member who will share his life.

Thus begins a road movie driven by family dynamics, as the two set out for Japan's main island, Honshu, to see if one of Tadao’s siblings will look after him. First stop is his even more cantankerous older brother, Shiego, and their testy exchange reveals there's more to Tadao's selfishness than just old age. By contrast, selfless Haru takes on responsibility for the pair's dwindling finances so their pilgrimage can continue…

DIRECTOR: Masahiro Kobayashi
Producer: Muneyuki Kii, Naoko Kobayashi
Editor: Naoki Kaneko
Screenwriter: Masahiro Kobayashi
Cinematographer: Kenji Takama
Music: Junpei Sakuma
Principal Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Eri Tokunaga
Filmography: The Rebirth (2007), Bashing (2005), Man Walking On Snow (2001)
Print Source: T-Joy Co., Ltd - www.t-joy.net

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