Toé (Hikari Mitsushima, Gukoroku) is a daughter of the island and devoted schoolteacher to the local children. Saku (Kento Nagayama, Sanada 10 Braves) is a hesitant young captain who would rather spend time reading books and learning island songs in the local language. They are both drawn to each other, but are careful to overstep any personal boundaries.
The story is based on the autobiographical writings of Miho and Toshio Shimao, who originally met in Amami Island during the war before marrying. Filmmaker Michio Koshikawa is unafraid of static shots and long pauses in between dialogues, masterfully using silence to build tension that leads to bittersweet longing. Composer Taku Unami composesthe musical score, layering it with the sounds of nature, local folk songs, and the unique sound of the Amami language.
Length: 155 mins
Classification rating: Recommended for ages 15+ contains mild themes of war, mild nudity and very mild sexual content
In Japanese and Amami language with English subtitles.
This film will screen in Melbourne and Sydney. Screening schedule TBC.