The Land of Hope

Film Intro
The Land of Hope
Film Info
Original Title: 
Kibou no Kuni
Year of Production: 
2012
Rating: 
12
Genre: 
Drama
Running Time: 
133 mins
Original Language: 
Japanese

Summary

The Land of Hope
Dir: 
Sion Sono
Writer: 
Sion Sono
Cast: 
Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Otani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka, Denden
Synopsis: 

In a typical Japanese village, Yoichi Ono lives with his wife, Izumi and his parents. The Ono family live a frugal, but happy life as dairy farmers living in the peaceful village. One day the worst earthquake in history strikes causing a nearby nuclear power station to explode. Their neighbors, who live within the range of the nuclear power station, are forcibly ordered to evacuate by the government. But the Ono family have only half of their garden designated as within range. They then have to make a hard decision whether to take refuge or not.

The film,which is examining a highly relevant subject, describes the mental anguish of the family. A family that is forced to separate by an extremely unfortunate event beyond their control. The past, the present, and the future of the two couples from different generations rises to the surface.

Crew
Producer: 
Mizue Kunizane, Yuko Shiomaki, Yuji Sadai
Co-Producer: 
Adam Torel, James Liu
Line Producer: 
Takeshi Suzuki
Editor: 
Jun'ichi Itô
Assistant Director: 
Chihiro Marutani
Production Manager: 
Minoru Takeoka
Cinematography: 
Shigenori Miki
Make-up: 
Mariko Honda
Costume Design: 
Masato Arai, Kenji Kawasaki
Casting: 
Mai Sugiyama
Presented in Association with: 
Bitters End, Pictures Dept, Dongyu, Marble Project, Third Window Films, Joint Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Info
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BD Release Date: 
August 26th, 2013
BD Specifications: 
Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 surround sound
BD Bonus Features: 
70 Minute Documentary, Theatrical Trailer, Teaser
DVD Info
The Land of Hope
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Buy Now at HMV.com
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DVD Release Date: 
August 26th, 2013
DVD Specifications: 
Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Surround Sound
DVD Bonus Features: 
70 Minute Documentary, Theatrical Trailer, Teaser
Recognition
Awards: 
37th Toronto International Film Festival - NETPAC Award, 67th Mainichi Film Awards - Best Actor
Festivals: 
9th Dubai International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival 2012, 27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, 17th Busan International Film Festival, 41st Montreal Festival du Nouveau, 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival, 48th Chicago International Film Festival, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, 13th San Diego International Film Festival, 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 23th Stockholm International Film Festival, 49th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 21st Madrid Experimental Film Festival, 30th Torino International Film Festival, International Istanbul Independent Film Festival 2013
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