Part of the 2018 season: (Un)true Colours

Joy of Man's Desiring

Director Masakazu Sugita

Cast Cast: Ayane Omori, Riku Ohishi, Naoko Yoshimoto, Koichiro Nishi

(Hitono nozomino yorokobiyo, 人の望みの喜びよ)

After a huge earthquake strikes Japan, young siblings Haruna (Ayane Omori) and Shota (Riku Ohishi) are left orphaned and homeless. Haruna is left traumatised by witnessing her parents’ death, while younger Shota is oblivious to the fact that they are no longer coming back. Soon Haruna and Shota are taken in by a relative, but even with a new house and new family, little can fill the void left by the parents and no one, including Haruna, can tell Shota the awful truth.

Director Masakazu Sugita, himself a survivor of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, crafts a tender and humane story focusing on orphans affected by natural disasters – a topic he decided to tackle following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Sugita’s poetic and tranquilly shot debut film received Special Mention at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, as well as being nominated for the Best First Feature Award in 2014.

2014/85 min/English Subtitles




監督: 杉田真一
出演: 大森絢音、大石稜久、大塲駿平

(Special thanks to Eikoku News Digest)


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