woman with shamisen
group of people traveling
group of visiting statue
woman with shamisen
woman holding lantern with child
girl in the snow
girl with shamisen
woman holding baby
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man with child
group of children sitting
group of people in field of flowers


Preceded by a Shamisen performance by Aki Takahashi of ten ten and Nagata Shachu
Aki Takahashi playing Shamisen
Aki Takahashi of ten ten and Nagata Shachu


The inspiring true story of Haru Kobayashi, one the last artists of her kind. Becoming sightless as an infant at the dawn of the 20th century, Haru’s best option is to become a “goze” – a blind entertainer who travels the countryside singing stories while playing the shamisen. 

Her mother Tome must counter her maternal instincts to discipline Haru for a difficult life ahead. Haru must endure emotional and physical cruelty to pursue her craft and eventually earns her own independence.  At the height of her career, Haru became one of the most famous performers of her generation, eventually named one of Japan’s Living National Treasures. 





©GOZE MOVIE Production Committee 

Masaharu Takizawa
Non Kawakita, Ayako Kobayashi, Hiroko Nakajima, Miyu Yoshimoto
Canadian Premiere
109 min



General: $15
JCCC member: $12
*tax included

No exchange or refund.
In Japanese with English Subtitles

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