In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.
Though set at the University of California at Berkeley, the concert scene was filmed at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco. The building opened in 1973 and was originally called the Fulton Street Cultural Center. The first activities in the new facility were a series of community theater productions featuring The Harimaya Bridge stars Bennet Guillory and Danny Glover, as well as Delroy Lindo and others. See more »
I just saw this film at a preview screening last night in Tokyo, and I really loved it. I was reduced to tears several times, and I wasn't the only one in the audience who was sniffling. The story is not only moving but quite unique: It's about a black man who has come to Japan after his son dies here, and must take an unusual journey in the countryside as he attempts to make peace with his son's death and their past conflicts. As someone who has lived in Japan for many years, it's gratifying to see such a personal film set in this country but from an American director. Although there are some big stars, including Danny Glover, "Harimaya" feels more like a Japanese movie than a Hollywood one in its pacing, character interactions and atmosphere. The film is getting a fairly wide release in Japan, and I think it will provoke a lot of discussion. I encourage everyone to see it, especially those who feel connected with Japan. Itﾕs a beautiful, rewarding work.
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