MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 175 this week

The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

 -  Drama  -  13 June 2009 (Japan)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 150 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 5 critic

After the sudden death of his estranged son in rural Japan, an American man must go there to claim some important family items. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 300 titles
created 05 Oct 2011
 
a list of 533 titles
created 03 Nov 2011
 
a list of 224 titles
created 09 Dec 2011
 
a list of 138 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 134 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

The Harimaya Bridge (2009) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Harimaya Bridge.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A young copywriter becomes the most famous man on the planet, overnight, when he is mistaken as the next messiah.

Director: Yaniv Raz
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Heather Graham, Lorraine Bracco
Honeydripper (2007)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Danny Glover, LisaGay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta
Mysteria (2011)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A once famous and now a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter fighting to finish his latest script with an unrealistic deadline. He finds himself in the center of a murder investigation ... See full summary »

Director: Lucius C. Kuert
Stars: Robert Miano, Danny Glover, Martin Landau
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

David begins experiencing cloudy memories of a long-lost life amidst the violent Cortello family in Sicily ââ'¬Â¦ a family he ultimately betrayed. And the wages of sin are deadly.

Director: Carlo Fusco
Stars: Gabriele Arena, Steven Bauer, Ervin Bejleri
Down for Life (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on a true story depicting a single dramatic day in the life of a Latina gang leader in South Central L.A.

Director: Alan Jacobs
Stars: Jessica Romero, Danny Glover, Snoop Dogg
LUV (2012)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.

Director: Sheldon Candis
Stars: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert
From Above (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two souls are so deeply in love with one another that they are entangled beyond life itself.

Director: Norry Niven
Stars: Danny Glover, Graham Greene, Chelsea Ricketts
The Shift (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

THE SHIFT is the story of one 12 hour night shift in the ER where a veteran nurse, who struggles with the haunting guilt of his brother's drowning, is forced to train a new nurse. The ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Cipolla
Stars: Leo Oliva, Casey Fitzgerald, Danny Glover
$5 a Day (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone
This Life (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Sarah Spillane
Stars: Amanda Alch, Dante Basco, Carl Ciarfalio
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Isabelle Boni-Claverie
Stars: Danny Glover
Hannah's Law (TV Movie 2012)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Hannah keeps the law in "the wickedest city on earth:" Dodge City, Kansas. with the help of young Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Stagecoach Mary.

Director: Rachel Talalay
Stars: Sara Canning, John Pyper-Ferguson, Greyston Holt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Daniel Holder
...
Noriko Kubo
...
Yuiko Hara
...
Joseph Holder
Victor Grant ...
Mickey Holder
Sakura Thomas ...
Mariya
...
Saita Nakayama
...
Kunji Inoue
...
Kayo Takeuchi
Honoka Ishibashi ...
Emi Osaki (as Honoka)
Yukiko Kashiwagi ...
Ms. Kubo
Toshiyuki Kitami ...
Mr. Kubo
...
Albert Tunney
...
Lindsey Holder
Junkichi Orimoto ...
Tomoki Shide
Edit

Storyline

After the sudden death of his estranged son in rural Japan, an American man must go there to claim some important family items. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 June 2009 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Harimaya-bashi  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,226 (USA) (5 March 2010)

Gross:

$52,052 (USA) (13 August 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mickey, Noriko, and Emi appear as the three central characters in the short film "Kuroi Hitsuji" (Black Sheep). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great film. Wonderful piece of work.
28 July 2009 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

I'm an American living in Tokyo, and I'd been waiting for this movie to come out. It's gotten a lot of buzz since last year, so I was very interested in seeing it. Fortunately it more than lives up to the hype. It's a very beautiful and moving film, and I can't recommend it enough.

The story concerns an African-American man who hates Japan, and who has a rift with his son when the son decides to come teach English here. The son dies in an accident, and the father must come to Japan to retrieve his son's artwork. The film follows the father as he learns to come to terms with his son's death, and as he discovers things about his son's life in Japan.

What's remarkable is how much this movie plays in many ways like a Japanese film, even though director and writer Aaron Woolfolk is an American. I read in an interview that he once lived here and returns to visit often. I guess Japan has really rubbed off on him.

I wonder how this film will play in America. It might be regarded as a little slow. And I certainly don't mean "slow" in a bad or boring way. Actually, THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE moves much more rapidly and with more energy than your typical Japanese drama. But I can see some of my countrymen with their MTV-influenced attention spans not being able to put up with the reduced pace of the film. Which would be a real shame, since much of the film's beauty and artistry comes from its pace.

Nonetheless, I think the movie is a great achievement. Especially since this is Woolfolk's first full-length film. The outstanding writing and the inspired direction go hand-in-hand. This is one of those movies where you feel like you're getting true insight into the filmmaker's mind, heart, and soul. Moreover, the acting, the camera work, and the music are all top-notch. The story is something new and fresh. And the message of the film is really wonderful. All of these things add up to me giving THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE my highest recommendation.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD Release? kindillin
This acting is atrocious Asianegro
Great movie, hope to see more like it oldwannabe
Discuss The Harimaya Bridge (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?