Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (母と暮らせば)
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A touching story of loss, acceptance and fate in the time of war.

The year is 1948: it’s been three years since Nobuko’s son, Koji, has been declared missing after the atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. Nobuko has been praying for her son’s return ever since but each passing year sees no news of him.

On the third anniversary of the bombing, Nobuko finally accepts that her son is dead. It’s only then that he suddenly reappears – this time, as a ghost. With Nobuko bereft of any living familial relations and a struggling post-war economy predicting a bleak future for the country, mother and son take the chance to reminisce about happier days.*

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son is a touching story of memories and fate, of loss and acceptance. Set in the picturesque town of Nagasaki, with its unique Portuguese and Dutch-inspired architecture, this film is also a window into the lives of civilians forced to eke out a living in the aftermath of war.

Directed by Yoji Yamada, this film stars Kazunari Ninomiya (Assassination Classroom -Graduation-; Letters from Iwo Jima) and Haru Kuroki (A Bride for Rip Van Wrinkle), winners of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively at the 2016 Japan Academy Awards.

This film contains themes of war and loss.

Year: 2015
Length: 130 mins
Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.

In Japanese with English subtitles.


  • Director
    Yoji Yamada/
  • Producer
    Nozomi Enoki/
  • Screenplay
    Yoji Yamada/ Emiko Hiramatsu/
  • Original Story
    Hisashi Inoue/
  • Cast
    Sayuri Yoshinaga/ Kazunari Ninomiya/ Haru Kuroki/