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Year One in the North (2005)

Kita no zeronen (original title)
In 1868, after the fall of the Shogun-dominated Japan, the new government orders people from Awaji, near Kobe, to re-locate to the northern part of Hokkaido. These people once supported the... See full summary »

Director:

Isao Yukisada

Writer:

Machiko Nasu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Shino Komatsubara
Ken Watanabe ... Hideaki Komatsubara
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Ashirika
Toshirô Yanagiba Toshirô Yanagiba ... Denzo Mamiya
Yuriko Ishida ... Kayo Mamiya
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Kurazo Mochida
Satomi Ishihara ... Tae Komatsubara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Matajuro Nakano
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Kamejiro Nakano
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Keiichiro Hase
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Eita Kawakubo
Renji Ishibashi ... Kahei Horibe
Haruko Mabuchi Haruko Mabuchi ... Sue Hase
Moro Morooka
Takeo Nakahara ... Uchida
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In 1868, after the fall of the Shogun-dominated Japan, the new government orders people from Awaji, near Kobe, to re-locate to the northern part of Hokkaido. These people once supported the now displaced Samurais of the older days. After two years, over 500 of them settled in their new land under the leadership of Hideaki, husband of Shino. However, as crops fail he is to go to Sapporo to learn new techniques of farming, leaving his wife and daughter for 5 years. All this time, the new community is constantly watched by the government which choose to again uproot them from their new homes. Written by Ploy P.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 January 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Year One in the North See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,360,942
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel "Otose" by Funayama Kaoru. See more »

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Referenced in Tiger & Dragon: "Cha no yu" no kai (2005) See more »

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Stately, well-produced tale of early Hokkaido
16 January 2010 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

This finely-etched social portrait details the first wave of colonists who chose to settle into the hardy world of Hokkaido in Meiji, Japan in the 1870s. The first group must transplant themselves into a rustic, untamed wilderness where most characters' loyalty and physical limits are tested; it's a richly forested land that still has a population of hardy creatures like wild bears. Ken Watanabe's character has second thoughts, however, with a land that cannot equal the lushness of his native Awaji.

The story is told deliberately and, at times, slowly, but one gets a good sense of the rustic conditions under which the common folk must try to survive. Travail teaches many to suspend notions of "class" in the hopes of building a new world from scratch.

Watchable for its fine production and photography - and less for the ordinary simple writing.


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