|Aug 4 (Sun) @ 1:10pm|
2012 / 129 min / with English Subtitles
Directed by Sion Sono
Starring: Shota Sometani, Fumi Nikaido
San Francisco Premiere
Sion Sono’s award-winning masterpiece with the elegant strains of Mozart’s Requiem and Samuel Barber is based on Minoru Furuya’s manga “Himizu”, meaning the species of a mole in Japanese. Set after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, all 14-year-old Yuichi Sumida (Shota Sometani) wants is to live a decent life. His environment though keeps dragging him into the mud. Meanwhile, Keiko Chazawa (Fumi Nikaido), a classmate of Yuichi, harbors a severe crush on him and sticks around despite being berated by him. One day, the yakuza come by Yuichi’s home and tell him to pay off his father’s debt. Yuichi already heartbroken by his mother’s abandonment and abuse from his father nears a tipping point. A string of incidents then occurs that brings Yuichi’s world to a screeching halt. Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Yuichi?
Co-presented by Center for Asian American Media
©2011 “HIMIZU” Film Partners.