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Maborosi no hıkari

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 1995


When her husband commits suicide for no apparent reason, a woman becomes deeply troubled by guilt. After spending years in solitude and then remarrying, she begins to find happiness again—but when she returns to her hometown, a flood of old memories haunts her.

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Maborosi Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1995 | Winner: Best Cinematography (Golden Osella)

1995 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

Vancouver International Film Festival

1995 | Winner: Dragons and Tigers Award

It’s a powerful film — an essential work of modern Japanese cinema — but today it also serves as intriguing evidence of just how far Kore-eda has come. . . . With its deliberate, drawn-out story rhythms; its silent reveries; and its static frames and flat-plane compositions recalling the films of Ozu, we see Kore-eda as he was at the outset of his career: an auteur of the austere, of stillness and deliberation.
July 20, 2018
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It launched the feature film career of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda, until then a maker of television documentaries only. Unlike many first efforts that must settle for “promising” status, Maborosi emerged from Koreeda’s skilful hands a confidently realised drama that marked its director as a formal master of the medium. Almost immediately Koreeda was recognised as one of the leading directors in the 90s movement later to be known as the “New Japanese New Wave.”
June 22, 2017
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Kore-eda’s extraordinary first narrative feature bears signs of his previous work in documentary—a patient eye for lighting and timing, a knack for framing resonate spaces and sounds—while moving uncommonly ahead, fashioning a lyrical cinema of love, loss, and the sublime.
March 08, 2017
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