Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: Japan Submits 'Nagasaki: Memories of My Son'

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: Japan Submits 'Nagasaki: Memories of My Son'

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Japan has selected Yôji Yamada's Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son as its Best Foreign Language Film submission for this year's Academy Awards.

The film, produced by the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation and distributed worldwide by Shochiku International, is set in 1948, in post-World War II Japan.

The drama charts the story of midwife Nobuko (Sayuri Yoshinaga) who is resolved to move on as she stands at the grave of her son Koji (Kazunari Ninomiya) who died when the Americans bombed Nagasaki. However, upon returning home, she is visited by an apparition of her son, who continues to return in order to reminisce with his mother about the past, family, affection and war.

Nagasaki, also known as Living With My Mother, which is a literal translation of its Japanese title, Haha To Kuraseba, was released in Japan in December 2015 and garnered Best Actor (Kazunari Ninomiya) and Best Actress Awards (Haru Kuroki for her role as Koji's former girlfriend) at the Awards of the Japanese Academy this year. …

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