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The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

 |  Drama  |  13 June 2009 (Japan)
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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.

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

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13 June 2009 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Harimaya-bashi  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$52,052 (USA) (13 August 2010)
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Several images of Kochi Prefecture's favorite son, Japanese historical figure Ryoma Sakamoto (1835-1867) can be seen throughout "The Harimaya Bridge." Sakamoto sought to overthrow Japan's feudal system, and was assassinated in Kyoto at the age of 32. See more »

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As far as I can remember, this is most amazing thing I have yet seen.
4 June 2009 | by (Fukuoka) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film in the theater yesterday and was completely blown away by it. I am somewhat of a film buff, but I can not remember ever before being so moved, so entertained and so utterly wrapped up in a movie before.

I need not say anything about the plot as the blurb here on IMDb says it all --beside which what is really important is how the story unfolds. The pacing was wonderfully done and the camera work was beautiful. There were minimal lighting effects and/or after-effects used so the picture had a more realistic feel which I felt was a good decision as it forced the director to pay careful attention to the framing of each scene and let the beautiful scenery speak for itself in order to create a visual dimension to the poetry that is the story.

As moving as the visuals are, the amazing soundtrack also needs to be commended. Some scenes employ no background music and instead rely on natural sounds or the bustling of the town etc. while other scenes really benefit from the background music that accompanies the visuals.

The actors all deserve commendations for their amazing work. There were relatively few lines spoken in the film but each was delivered with maximum effect which, along with subtle body language managed to not only properly convey the story but to add an honesty and intensity that really drew me into the character's world.

The overall direction is also superb; the way that the director brings together all these assets (beautiful locations, talented actors, gorgeous photography/music and compelling story) and wraps it all up with his clever framing/cinematography is truly amazing. The last scene stands out most in my mind where the titular bridge finally makes its appearance. While the voice-over finally explains why the bridge is so important (literally and symbolically) the camera pans carefully to give us a visual metaphor as well.

Lastly, the story is simple and yet the presentation reveals unexpected depth offering viewers some lessons which everyone could do with hearing again.


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