The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
3 February to 29 March 2017
Cheers from Heaven
天国からのエール (Tengoku kara no eru)
When “bento” (lunch box) shop owner Hikaru (Hiroshi Abe) learns that a group of local high school students have no place to practice music, he decides to build a studio beneath his store allowing them to play there for free. The students begin to grow fond of Hikaru but still know little of his terminal illness which Hikaru has been battling and keeping secret from his family and friends.
Set in the coastal town of Motobu-cho, Okinawa, this film depicts the incredible true story of Hikaru Nakasone, a man who devoted the last days of his life to helping youngsters who felt as if they had nowhere to go. In similar fashion to Kurosawa’s Ikiru, this inspiring account tells the positive and unmeasurable effect one ordinary man can have on so many individuals’ lives.
Distributor: Asmik Ace
Director: Makoto Kumazawa
Nanami Sakuraba, Hiroshi Abe, Keita Tanaka
2011, 114 min, English subtitles