Hirokazu Koreeda Retrospective:
“A harrowing, tender film”.－ A.O. Scott, New York Times
“Kore-eda sketches the inner, spiritual and emotional lives of the children with subtlety and sensitivity.” – Derek Elley, Variety
Preteen Akira Fukushima and his young siblings are abandoned by their mother, who has moved in with a new lover. Akira is left in charge of his brother, two sisters and a whole apartment, with little money and food to see them through. Akira and the other children, who were never enrolled in school, struggle to survive without basic amenities as they cope with a strange, solitary existence in a Tokyo apartment building. Quietly heartbreaking and sensitively-directed. Lead Yuya Yagira – only 14 years-old - won the award for best actor at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for his performance.
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