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Experience Japan through cinema
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
An inspiring collection of contemporary Japanese cinema in partnership with The Japan Foundation.
See work from Japanese filmmakers who have captured the highs and lows of life – stories of people persevering, reconciling or overcoming the environment they live in.
Pecoross’ Mother And Her Days (12A)
Pekorosu No Haha Ni Ai Ni Iku
Japan, 2013, 113 mins. Dir. Azuma Morisaki.
Japanese with English subtitles
Yuiichi Okano is a divorced comic book artist who goes by the nickname Pecoross due to his likeness to a ‘pecoross’ onion. Forced to face the fact that his mother is suffering from dementia he makes plans to move her to a nursing home. As his mother, Mitsue, settles in and gets to know the eccentric inhabitants, her memories gradually lead her to retrace her secret past.
Drawing on social issues in Japan surrounding its ageing population, this sweet and heart-warming story focuses on the touching relationship between a son and his elderly mother, played by the then 89-year-old Harue Akagi, an actress with an illustrious career spanning many decades as a supporting actress, in her very first starring role. Directed by Azuma Morisaki, a master of socially conscious films and Japan’s oldest active filmmaker working today, the story topped both ‘best of’ lists for Japan’s two most famous film magazines in 2013, Eiga Geijutsu and Kinema Junpo.
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