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Passage of Life


Director: FUJIMOTO Akio (藤元明緒)

2017|Japan, Myanmar|98min|Language: Japanese, Burmese|Subtitles: Japanese, English

Date Time Venue Guest
3/13 (Tue) 12:00 Cine Libre Umeda 4    
3/16 (Fri) 20:55 Cine Libre Umeda 3
Passage of Life
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Kaung Myat Thu
Khine Myat Thu
Htet Myat Naing
KITAGAWA Yuki (來河侑希)
KUROMIYA Niina (黒宮ニイナ)
TSUDA Kanji (津田寛治)

“Passage of Life” is based on reality and shows the lives of a Burmese family that immigrated to Japan with no visa. Khine and her husband Issace have an uncertain home with their two boys, 7-year-old Kaung and his younger brother Htet. The boys were raised in Japan and are happy.

Without the proper paperwork, a secure life is impossible and all hope lies with obtaining political refugee status which seems impossible to get in Japan. However, the stress is too much for Khine who is hospitalised with depression. She decides to take the kids back to Burma, which is when the film switches focus to depict the inner struggles of Kaung who struggles with a great change in his environment and longs for the place, he calls home.

Japanese film-makers have built an impressive catalogue of titles that depict the effects of disaster and tragedy on children to make wider political comments. Filmed with social realist style and with fantastic performance from untrained child actors, "Passage of Life" presents the uncomfortable reality of the life of an immigrant family in Japan.

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