18. 3. |  mon

18:00

OPENING CEREMONY

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Where I belong しゃぼん玉 |  Shabon dama   |  

director AZUMA Shinji  |  2017  |  108 min. 

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The festival’s opener takes the viewers to the mountains in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture. The hero, Izumi (played by the popular young actor Hayashi Kento) previously made his living as a thief in the big city, preying primarily on weak women. In a paradoxical twist of fate, he finds himself in the countryside “adopted” by one such woman who manages to involve him in the rural life. A city boy from a broken home is faced with previously unknown family life, meets friends and works on the preparation of a traditional festival. The question is, will the hero’s past sins catch up with him or will he remain a good man, find out where he really belongs and find his new place in life? The film was made on the basis of Where I Belong, a bestseller by Nonami Asa.