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Yamato (California) - Japan Cuts 2017

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Yamato (California)
大和(カルフォルニア)
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U.S. PREMIERE
Introduction and Q&A with director Daisuke Miyazaki and star Hanae Kan
Frustrated teenager Sakura (the outstanding Korean-Japanese actress Hanae Kan, Nobody Knows, West North West) lives in the town of Yamato by U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi. When she’s not brooding at home with her single mother and brother in close quarters separated only by a curtain, she seeks pleasure in solitude, flipping through her English dictionary and writing rhymes to develop her chops as a rapper. When Nina, the daughter of their mother’s absent American boyfriend, arrives for a visit, she begins to push Sakura’s buttons to break out of her shell. Treading on the complicated physical and felt relationship between the U.S. and Japan, Daisuke Miyazaki’s second feature is a nuanced coming-of-age drama illuminated by veteran camerawoman Akiko Ashizawa.
“Yamato is like a kick in the butt to the apolitical and inward-looking attitudes of Japan’s film industry and domestic market.” —Maggie Lee, Variety
2016. 118 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Daisuke Miyazaki. With Hanae Kan, Nina Endo, Haruka Uchimura, Reiko Kataoka, Shuya Nishiji.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.
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