Another World
SAKAMOTO Junji 阪本順治
半世界
Hansekai

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Japan
2018
120
Colour
English
subtitles

Three childhood friends reunite in their small, mountainside hometown. While Mitsuhiko and Koh each took over their own father’s declining business, Eisuke left the village to join the army. What should have been a joyful get-together of three old pals, quickly turns sour as all of them bear scars from the past. A poignant, yet delicate slice of life, SAKAMOTO Junji’s award-winning drama creates a fascinating tale of small-town friendship dynamics.

Drie jeugdvrienden ontmoeten elkaar weer in het kleine bergdorpje waar ze zijn opgegroeid: Mitsuhiko en Koh hebben inmiddels elk het (slechtlopende) bedrijf van hun vader overgenomen, terwijl Eisuke jaren geleden het dorp verliet om in het leger te dienen. Wat een vrolijke reünie van drie vrienden zou moeten zijn, valt echter al snel in het water door verschillende trauma’s uit het verleden. Een schrijnend, doch delicaat drama waarvoor regisseur SAKAMOTO Junji talloze prijzen ontving.

 

Director’s bio & selected filmography 

SAKAMOTO Junji debuted in 1989 with Dotsuitarunen, for which he won the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award. His early works show signs of and thematic stylistic influence by director ISHII Sogo, for whom SAKAMOTO worked as an assistant during the beginning of his career. In 2000, he was awarded as Best Director with the 24th Japan Academy Prize for Face. In his movies, Sakamoto often takes up socially controversial themes, such as children trafficking and postwar national politics.

1989 – Dorsuitarunen 

1990 – Tekken

2000 – Face

2008 – Children of the Dark

2011 – Someday (CJ 2012)

2013 – Human Trust

2016 – Danchi (CJ 2016)