Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:
With director Nishikawa Miwa
Hirokazu Kore-eda protégée Miwa Nishikawa (Dear Doctor) returns to the Festival with her compassionate yet pointed tale chronicling an ex-con’s rough re-entry into civil society. In and out of institutions—from orphanages to juvenile homes and penitentiaries—since childhood, former Yakuza Mikami (Koji Yakusho, 13 Assassins, Shall We Dance?) is released from his most recent 13-year stint in prison. But what comes next? Bolstered by friends and allies in unexpected places, Mikami must adapt to life on the outside as he struggles to secure both employment and a new sense of self. Eliciting an anchoring, nuanced lead performance from Yakusho, director Nishikawa delivers a discerning indictment of the prospects for rehabilitation in an unforgiving world.
“A Kore-eda Hirokazu acolyte whose literary dramas haven’t enjoyed the same degree of international success, Nishikawa’s latest feature displays much of the same patience and gentleness that has typified her mentor’s best work”
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