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Hikari (2017)

A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.

Director:

Naomi Kawase

Writer:

Naomi Kawase (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Masatoshi Nagase ... Masaya Nakamori
Ayame Misaki ... Misako Ozaki
Tatsuya Fuji ... Kitabayashi / Juzo
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Yasuko Ozaki
Misuzu Kanno Misuzu Kanno ... Tomoko / Tokie
Mantarô Koichi Mantarô Koichi ... Akitoshi
Chihiro Ohtsuka Chihiro Ohtsuka ... Nakamori's Friend #1
Nobumitsu Ônishi Nobumitsu Ônishi ... Nakamori's Friend #2
Noémie Nakai ... Audiolocution Attending #1
Saori Saori ... Audiolocution Attending #2 (as Saori Koide)
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At a firm specializing in creating audio descriptions for films to serve the visually impaired, a descriptive video transcriber comes to know one of the panel members who is a formerly successful photographer who has lost much of his eyesight. As the man loses his main mode of connecting with the world he also yields his other means away. The new acquaintanceship leads to man and woman coming to terms with their lives and professions and seeing the world in new ways. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 May 2017 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Esplendor See more »

Filming Locations:

Nara, Nara, Japan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A decent film...but certainly not a crowd pleaser
20 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw RADIANCE at the Philadelphia Film Festival because I liked the writer/director Naomi Kawase's earlier film, SWEET BEAN. I am glad I did...but I also think it's a film that average viewer might struggle to enjoy...though it is well made.

The story concerns a woman whose job it is to provide descriptive captioning for the visually impaired so that they can enjoy movies. She comes in contact with a photographer who is having a hard time admitting he is blind and his life must change.

Overall, this is a lovely but deliberately paced film...with lovely music, nice acting and a story that fortunately avoids the usual clichés associated with films about the disabled.


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