Nagasaki: Memories of My Son


The 89th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 26, 2017

I would like to introduce a Japanese movie, Nagasaki: Memories of My Son which was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
It is a very good movie so I’d like you to know about this movie.
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Haha to Kuraseba?”Living with my mother”) is a 2015 Japanese drama film directed by Yoji Yamada.

Midwife Nobuko Fukuhara (The most legendary Japanes actress, Sayuri Yoshinaga) lost her husband and eldest son during World War II and lost her youngest son, Koji (Kazunari Ninomiya of ARASHI), as a result of the bombing of Nagasaki. After the war, she has been living alone with only work to keep her occupied. However, one day she is visited by an apparition of Koji. The mother and son begin to spend much time together, reminiscing and catching up on lost time. Although these moments together make both of them happy, it leads Nobuko to reflect more on her losses and the relationship she has with Koji’s fiancée Machiko.

The musical score for this movie was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
The soundtrack album was released by Milan Records on 23 September 2016.
This movie showed at Japan Society in NYC last July. It was sold out.

Sayuri Yoshinaga as Nobuko Fukuhara
Kazunari Ninomiya as Koji Fukuhara
Haru Kuroki as Machiko Sata
Kenichi Kato as “Shanghai Uncle”
Tadanobu Asano as Kuroda
Yuriko Hirooka as Tomie
Miyu Honda as Tamiko
Nenji Kobayashi as Demobilized OfficerKazunaga Tsuji as Senior Man
Isao Hashizume as Kawakami Professor

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