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MABOROSI Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda Starring: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naito, Tadanobi Asano I don’t understand! Why did he kill himself? Why was he walking along the tracks? It just goes around and around in my head. Why do you think he did it? - Yumiko The sea has the power to beguile. Back when dad was fishing, he once saw a maborosi – a strange light – far out at sea. Something in it was beckoning to him, he said…it happens to all of us. - Tamio Maborosi was Koreeda’s first fictional feature after making documentary features which began in 1991 with Non-Fiction. Maborosi garnered wins at Venice for Best Cinematography by Masao Nakabori, Golden Lion Nominee for Koreeda; Golden Hugo Award for Best Feature at Chicago. Awards of The Japanese Academy: Winner: Newcomer of the Year: Mikiko Esumi. Maborosi is a powerfully moving film on loss, loneliness, uncertainty and coming to terms with the past, and again focusing on human dilemmas. The film is based on an original short story, “Maboroshi no Hikari” (A Trick of Light) written by Teru Miyamoto (best known as the author of Muddy River, which was made into a film in 1981 by Kohei Oguri. Koreeda offered great promise with Maborosi and has gone far beyond anyone’s expectations with making some of the greatest films ever made. In 1998 he made the fantasy drama After Life, which won the FIPRESCI prize at San Sebastian, Distance in 2001, the first of five films selected for Cannes Competition to date. Nobody Knows (2004), whose 12-year-old star Yuya Yagira became the youngest-ever winner of Best Actor at Cannes, which was followed in 2006 by Hana, about a young samurai. Two years later came Still Walking, his first film to feature veteran actress Kirin Kiki, who would become his regular collaborator, then in 2009 came the quirky romance Air Doll, which premiered at Cannes and in 2011, and then I Wish, winner of Best Screenplay at San Sebastian. Like Father, Like Son in 2013, won the Jury Prize at Cannes and the audience award at San Sebastian. In 2015, Our Little Sister was nominated for the Palme d’Or and went on to win the Jury Prize at San Sebastian. 2016, After the Storm premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and in 2017 The Third Murder was in competition at the Venice Film Festival. 16

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A Magazine for Discerning Cinemagoers and Filmmakers. In this issue Film Reviews of: Loro, Ricordi?, The Highwaymen, Maborosi. Interviews w...

Movies by Mills (April 2019)  

A Magazine for Discerning Cinemagoers and Filmmakers. In this issue Film Reviews of: Loro, Ricordi?, The Highwaymen, Maborosi. Interviews w...

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