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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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Aaron Woolfolk

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Aaron Woolfolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bennet Guillory ... Daniel Holder
Saki Takaoka ... Noriko Kubo
Misa Shimizu ... Yuiko Hara
Danny Glover ... Joseph Holder
Victor Grant Victor Grant ... Mickey Holder
Sakura Thomas Sakura Thomas ... Mariya
Misono ... Saita Nakayama
Hajime Yamazaki ... Kunji Inoue
Miho Shiraishi ... Kayo Takeuchi
Honoka Ishibashi Honoka Ishibashi ... Emi Osaki (as Honoka)
Yukiko Kashiwagi Yukiko Kashiwagi ... Ms. Kubo
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami ... Mr. Kubo
Peter Coyote ... Albert Tunney
A'da Alison Woolfolk ... Lindsey Holder
Junkichi Orimoto 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 June 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Harimaya-bashi See more »

Filming Locations:

Kochi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,226, 5 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,473, 17 September 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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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 this film's stars Bennet Guillory and Danny Glover, as well as Delroy Lindo and others. See more »

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A great film. Wonderful piece of work.
28 July 2009 | by kinnis5090See 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.


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