Kazahana (Kaza-hana)

  • 2000
  • Japan
  • 116 min
  • Directed by: Shinji Somai
  • Cast: Kyôko Koizumi, Choei Takahashi
  • Language: Japanese

Slow moving road movie about a young business man who wakes up under a blossoming cherry tree with a hangover and a woman he doesn't know.

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In Somai’s final film, an alcoholic civil servant wakes up under a cherry tree in Tokyo next to a bar hostess with whom he’s impulsively made a suicide pact. Though he’s now changed his mind, he agrees to travel with her to Hokkaido, her preferred site for ending it all. An elegiac road movie of restrained emotion.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 Day Planner

25 Jun 2012

Day-by-day highlights of the 2012 EIFF

List film editor Gail Tolley selects the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. You can catch every one of these films in the order they’re listed.

Shinji Somai retrospective at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

25 May 2012

Introduction to one of Japan’s most popular and respected filmmakers

It often seems like there’s an infinite wellspring of Japanese filmmakers revered in their home country yet barely heard of overseas, with every year bringing yet another retrospective of some unheralded cinematic maestro. It’s all enough to leave those…

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