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The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

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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)  »

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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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The characters Mariya and Kayo Takeuchi were named after Japanese singer/songwriter Mariya Takeuchi, one of writer/director Aaron Woolfolk's favorite singers. See more »

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I was reduced to tears several times at this film
25 May 2009 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

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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