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Impressionistic portrait of a dying family in a dying mountain village in Nara Prefecture: a 'nothing happens' film which ratherly cleverly camouflages its own lack of grip and focus by hinting at hidden themes (incest, ghosts) and using people from the real-life village as actors. It opens in 1971: recession is already thinning the population but Kozo Tahara (Kunimura, the only professional actor) believes that a rail link will bring new prosperity and eagerly helps dig the tunnel through the mountain. Fifteen years later the railroad is a forgotten dream, the tunnel seems haunted and the Taharas are fading fast. According to Kawase, the obscure title refers to a local bird deity; she wants to see the Tahara family as if through this creature's eyes. Somebody must buy this stuff, because the film won the 1997 Caméra d'Or at Cannes.

By: TR

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Naomi Kawase
Screenwriter: Naomi Kawase
Cast: Jun Kunimura
Machiko Ono
Sachiko Izumi
Kotaro Shibata
Yasuyo Kamimura
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