Maborosi

Overview

Japanese documentarian Hirokazu Kore-eda made his first dramatic feature with this austere drama, which recalls the visual and narrative style of Yasujiro Ozu. Yukimo Makiko Esumi is married to Ikuo Tadanobu Asano, a happy and humble man who loves her very much. While Yukimo and Ikuo are content in their marriage and have a beautiful infant son named Yuichi, Yukimo is haunted by visions of death. She has a recurring nightmare in which her grandmother leaves her home to go to the village of her birth to die, as ...
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Overview

Japanese documentarian Hirokazu Kore-eda made his first dramatic feature with this austere drama, which recalls the visual and narrative style of Yasujiro Ozu. Yukimo Makiko Esumi is married to Ikuo Tadanobu Asano, a happy and humble man who loves her very much. While Yukimo and Ikuo are content in their marriage and have a beautiful infant son named Yuichi, Yukimo is haunted by visions of death. She has a recurring nightmare in which her grandmother leaves her home to go to the village of her birth to die, as Yukimo weeps uncontrollably. Yukimo's sad obsession foreshadows a real tragedy in her life when she wakes one morning to discover that police are at her door -- Ikuo has died after apparently committing suicide along the nearby railroad tracks. Yukimo is shattered and spends several years in solitude, until she meets Tamio Taketoshi Naito, a widowed fisherman who lives in a nearby village with his daughter. They fall in love, and Yukimo marries him and moves into his home. She begins to find happiness anew, until she returns to her old home for her brother's wedding, which brings back a flood of troubling memories. Maboroshi no Hikari which translates as "Illusory Light" was a multiple award winner at the 1995 Venice International Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Hirokazu Kore-eda's debut feature is a quietly devastating work. Yumiko's domestic bliss is shattered when her loving, seemingly happy husband Ikuo suddenly commits suicide. Years later, her happiness with her kindly second husband is tempered by a grief over Ikuo's final, inexplicable act that will not heal. Recalling the restrained stylistic elegance of Yasujiro Ozu and Hou Hsiao Hsien, Kore-eda unfolds this almost wordless film through a series of beautifully composed static shots that evoke both the pain and the joy of everyday life. Like Ozu, Kore-eda punctuates the film with shots of empty landscapes, as the curiously depopulated cityscapes of Osaka and the rugged vistas of the Noto peninsula resonate with Yumiko's emotional odyssey. Maboroshi no Hikari is a sumptuously photographed, deeply moving masterwork that haunts the viewer long after the credits roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • UPC: 717119665838
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: NEW YORKER VIDEO
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Makiko Esumi Yumiko
Tadanobu Asano Ikuo
Akira Emoto Yoshihiro
Hidekazu Akai Master
Shuichi Harada Cop
Kikuko Hashimoto Kiyo, Yumiko's Grandmother
Hiromi Ichida Hatsuko
Takashi Inoue Driver
Goki Kashiyama Yuichi, Yumiko's Son
Midori Kiuchi Michiko (Mother)
Muku Muku Dog
Taketoshi Naito Tamio
Ren Osugi Hiroshi, Yumiko's Father
Mutsuko Sakura Tomeno
Minori Terada Detective
Naomi Watanabe Tomoko, Tamio's Daughter
Sayaka Yoshino Yumiko as a Young Girl
Technical Credits
Hirokazu Kore-eda Director
Naoe Gozu Producer
Kyoko Heya Production Designer
Michiko Kitamura Costumes/Costume Designer
Cheng Kwan Ming Score Composer
Teru Miyamoto Screenwriter
Masao Nakabori Cinematographer
Tomoyo Oshima Editor
Yutaka Shigenobu Executive Producer
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