Kyoto Filmmakers Lab Screening
A Mother’s Touch
Still, this world is filled with “light”.
Reiko lives in a town in Kansai with her teacher husband and three sons. The youngest, Satoshi, loses his vision at a young age but grows up a happy boy surrounded by familial love. He later moves to Tokyo to attend a high school for the visually impaired and enjoys everyday life despite Reiko’s worries. However, at the age of 18, he loses his hearing too, and is thrown into isolation akin to the darkness and silence of the outer space. Things take a brighter turn for Satoshi when Reiko discovers “Finger Braille”, a new method of communication, through their daily life. A hopeful future extends before the mother and son who courageously overcome all obstacles they face.
Director Junpei Matsumoto
Actor Koyuki,Taketo Tanaka,Hisashi Yoshizawa
Japan｜ 2022｜ 113min｜
- Human Drama
Junpei Matsumoto [Film Director]
Teinosuke Kinugasa [Film Director] Kinugasa was born in 1896 in Mie. He initially ran away from home at 18 to become an onnagata actor specializing in female roles, but after actresses began to appear on screen, he switched to making films himself. He made his directorial debut with Aa, Konishi Junsa (1922) produced by the Makino Kyoiku Eiga Seisaku-jo. In 1926, he formed the Shinkankakuha Film Association with Yasunari Kawabata and others. Aiming to create cutting-edge art films, he shot A Page of Madness (1926) at the Shochiku Shimokamo Studios. Since then, he created a number of jidaigeki in the Shimokamo Studios featuring newcomer Chojiro Hayashi (Kazuo Hasegawa) as the lead. In 1940, Kinugasa moved to Toho. Then in 1950, he took up a position in Daiei along with Kazuo Hasegawa, where he produced hit after hit and became one of the pillars of the company. His shots with a focus on the contrast between traditional Japanese buildings and kimono are extremely unique and exhibits a solid aestheticism. The colors he used in Gate of Hell (1958) was highly praised by Jean Cocteau and won the Grand Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. Kinugasa passed away in 1982.