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Maborosi no hikari

Don’t miss this exquisite meditation on loss, loneliness and uncertainty

Japan 1995
Dir Hirokazu Kore-eda
With Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naito, Tadanobu Asano
English subtitles
Certificate 12A
A BFI release

By 1995 Kore-eda was already well established as a documentary director, but it was his fiction debut that brought him international attention, winning prizes in Chicago, Vancouver and Venice, and securing commercial releases in western countries. An apparently happy marriage is abruptly ended by the husband’s sudden death, but was it accident or suicide? Kore-eda’s haunting, meditative film traces a widow’s attempts to cope with and comprehend her bereavement. 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 announced a vital new presence in Japanese cinema.

Alexander Jacoby, season programmer

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