Film

Sayonara
FILM

Sayonara

さようなら (Sayonara)
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sayonara © 2015 "Sayonara" Production Committee

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North American Premiere

One of the most highly regarded Japanese directors on the international scene, with Sayonara Koji Fukada finds a near-future Japan in the midst of a national evacuation brought about by a nuclear disaster. Tanya (Bryerly Long), a South African raised in Japan suffering from a terminal illness, is at the bottom of the departures list. She spends her days with her friend Sano and lover Satoshi, however her constant companion is android caregiver Leona (Geminoid F). Created by robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, Geminoid F reprises her role with Long, both featured in the play by Oriza Hirata on which the film is based. While the post-disaster scenario is ambiguous, it clearly references Japan's March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Addressing politically charged taboos, Sayonara asks the question "Can life as we know it survive nuclear catastrophe?"

2015. 112 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Koji Fukada. With Bryerly Long, Hirofumi Arai, Geminoid F, Makiko Murata, Nijiro Murakami.

Adapted from Oriza Hirata’s stage play Sayonara II

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2016.
 
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