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THE LAND OF HOPE

by Shion Sono

synopsis

In the fictional Nagashima prefecture, Yoichi Ono lives a peaceful life with his wife Izumi, and his parents Yasuhiko and Chieko, on the family’s small farm. One day, an earthquake disrupts the calm, causing the reactor at a nearby nuclear power plant to explode. The Nagashima community is directly within the twenty-kilometre evacuation radius—except for the Ono farm. Haunted by memories of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, in which evacuees were forced out of their homes permanently, the Onos are faced with a terrible decision: stay and risk the possibility of radiation poisoning, or leave the home their family has spent generations building.

international title: The Land of Hope
original title: Kibô no kuni
country: United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Province of China
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Shion Sono
film run: 133'
release date: FR 24/04/2013
screenplay: Shion Sono
cast: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Ohtani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka, Hikari Kajiwara, Yutaka Shimizu
cinematography by: Shigenori Miki
film editing: Jun'ichi Itô
art director: Takashi Matsuzuka
producer: Mizue Kunizane, Yuji Sadai, Yûko Shiomaki
production: Marble Films
distributor: Metropolitan Filmexport