Makiko Esumi
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cast: Makiko Esumi
Makiko Esumi
, Tadanobu Asano
Tadanobu Asano
, Akira Emoto
Akira Emoto
Hirokazu Kore-eda


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Japanese documentarian Hirokazu Kore-eda made his first dramatic feature with this austere drama, which recalls the visual and narrative style of Yasujiro Ozu. Yukimo (Makiko Esumi) is married to Ikuo (Tadanobu Asano), a happy and humble man who loves her very much. While Yukimo and Ikuo are content in their marriage and have a beautiful infant son named Yuichi, Yukimo is haunted by visions of death. She has a recurring nightmare in which her grandmother leaves her home to go to the village of her birth to die, as Yukimo weeps uncontrollably. Yukimo's sad obsession foreshadows a real tragedy in her life when she wakes one morning to discover that police are at her door -- Ikuo has died after apparently committing suicide along the nearby railroad tracks. Yukimo is shattered and spends several years in solitude, until she meets Tamio (Taketoshi Naito), a widowed fisherman who lives in a nearby village with his daughter. They fall in love, and Yukimo marries him and moves into his home. She begins to find happiness anew, until she returns to her old home for her brother's wedding, which brings back a flood of troubling memories. Maboroshi no Hikari (which translates as "Illusory Light") was a multiple award winner at the 1995 Venice International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2018
UPC: 0784148015453
Original Release: 1995
Source: Milestone Video
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 36,070

Special Features

Commentary by Linda Ehrlich, independent film scholar and Associate Professor Emerita from Case Western Reserve University with special thanks to Yuki Togawa Gergotz; Birthplace, a video documentary with actress Makiko Esumi; New English Subtitles by Linda Hoaglund with Judith Aley, and the assistance of Linda Ehrlich

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Makiko Esumi Yumiko
Tadanobu Asano Ikuo
Akira Emoto Yoshihiro
Taketoshi Naito Tamio
Midori Kiuchi Michiko (Mother)
Mutsuko Sakura Tomeno
Hiromi Ichida Hatsuko
Goki Kashiyama Yuichi, Yumiko's Son
Naomi Watanabe Tomoko, Tamio's Daughter
Hidekazu Akai Master
Minori Terada Detective
Ren Osugi Hiroshi, Yumiko's Father
Kikuko Hashimoto Kiyo, Yumiko's Grandmother
Shuichi Harada Cop
Takashi Inoue Driver
Sayaka Yoshino Yumiko as a Young Girl
Muku Muku Dog

Technical Credits
Hirokazu Kore-eda Director
Naoe Gozu Producer
Kyoko Heya Production Designer
Michiko Kitamura Costumes/Costume Designer
Cheng Kwan Ming Score Composer
Teru Miyamoto Screenwriter
Masao Nakabori Cinematographer
Tomoyo Oshima Editor
Yutaka Shigenobu Executive Producer

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