Best Asian Film at Toronto International Film Festival 2012
On the heels of its prestigious world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and its recent win for best Asian film at TIF, the new Sion Sono (Guilty of Romance, Love Exposure, Suicide Club) hits Montreal. A not-to-be-missed event, the film trades in the filmmaker’s usual extravagance for an arresting snapshot of Japan at the time of the Fukushima meltdown.
The film is shot in large part at the actual reactor, throwing the viewer into the heart of the action, from a few hours before a fictional disaster to a few days after. An intimate portrayal with no splashy effects, The Land of Hope is an inside glimpse into a tragedy as it unfolds from day to day and its effects on an ordinary family. It is also a key to understanding Japan. Like a docudrama about the survival of a species, this is a powerful, touching work, infused with hope and poetry, about the famous Japanese resilience and the beauty of carrying on. Its star, Megumi Kagurazaka, now married to Sion Sono, became the darling of the Festival last year when she passed through Montreal.