Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Romance

Radiance

Directed by: Naomi Kawase

Year: 2017

Length: 102 minutes

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

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Image courtesy of mk2 BEYOND LOSS, THERE IS BEAUTY AND HOPE.

Screened as part of JFF 2017 (closing night film)

Misako is a passionate writer who composes audio guides of films made for the visually impaired. At a test screening of her latest project, she meets Nakamori, a once celebrated photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.

Only partially impaired, Nakamori criticises Misako’s audio guides as overly subjective. Hit by criticism, Misako is unable to let go of Nakamori’s comments. When she discovers his photographic works, she becomes increasingly curious about the man behind the lens.

Despite a conflicted first encounter, the two are drawn to each other. Nakamori’s photographs brings Misako back to her past, while Misako’s company anchors Nakamori to the reality of the present. Together, they will learn to see a radiant world invisible to the naked eye.

Critically acclaimed director Naomi Kawase’s new work is a sensitive depiction of fragility and loneliness. Gently tackling experiences of loss and acceptance, it is a hopeful and light-filled film that reminds us of beauty in our surroundings.

Director: Naomi Kawase

Producers: Masa Sawada and Yumiko Takebe

Screenplay: Naomi Kawase

Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Ayame Misaki, Misuzu Kanno, Mantaro Koichi and Tatsuya Fuji

Genre: Romance

Format: DCP colour