HARMONIUM is a shocking and ingenious twist on the traditional Japanese family drama that won the Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and much praise at TIFF.
Yasaka (the great Tadanobu Asano) – recently released from prison for murder – shows up unexpectedly at the door on a small family-run business. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) offers him a job and accommodation in his house without telling his wife Akie (Mariko Tsutsui). It slowly become apparent that the two men share a dark unspoken secret. At first, Akie isn’t comfortable with Yasaka’s presence but gradually warms up, especially after Yasaka teaches Akie’s daughter how to play the harmonium. However, Yasaka starts making too many inroads in Toshio’s family and, when terrible accident occurs, Yasaka disappears…
Director Kôji Fukada has packed the film with plenty of jaw-dropping scenarios which question the complex relationships each family member shares with another. The film’s original title translates to “on the brink”, words that perfectly describe this riveting morality tale. An intense and unforgettable masterpiece.
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Ticket: $10 (JCCC Member); $12 (General)