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Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema. 

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works from Japan’s artistic repertoire, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society.


Osanago warera ni umare, 幼な子われらに生まれ

What does it take to attain the ideal of a united family? In this poignant drama, a 40 year old man (Tadanobu Asano) faces many trials in making his patchwork clan work: teenage angst of his new wife’s daughter; a new child on the way; a career in decline.

A Stitch of Life director, Yukiko Mishima, trifles with Japanese family drama conventions, taking fresh and unexpected trajectories in her adaptation of Kiyoshi Shigematsu’s 1996 novel. 

Winner of the Special Grand Prix of the Jury Award at the 2017 Montreal World Film Festival.


Event Information

Running Time: 2hrs 7mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): Yukiko Mishima

Country of Origin: Japan

Year of release:

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles

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