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A Balance

Yuko no tenbin
dir. Yujiro Harumoto
Japan 2020, 153’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Awards and festivals
World premiere: Pingyao International Film Festival Athens IFF 2021 - Best Screenplay Busan IFF 2020 - New Currents Award, Best Film Pingyao IFF 2020 - People's Choice Award Crouching Tigers, Jury Award Tokyo FILMeX 2020 - Student Jury Prize Asian Film Awards 2021 - Nominee for Best New Director
Japan 2020
Duration: 153’
director: Yujiro Harumoto
screenplay: Yujiro Harumoto
cinematography: Kenji Noguchi
editing: Yujiro Harumoto
cast: Kumi Takiuchi, Ken Mitsuishi, Yuumi Kawai, Masahiro Umeda, Yota Kawase, Misa Wawa, Mitsuko Oka, Yuya Matsura, Ryo Ikeda, Tomoki Kimura
producer: Yujiro Harumoto, Tetsuya Matsushima, Sunao Katabuchi
production: Toei Company, Ltd.
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

A young documentary filmmaker is making a movie about a teacher accused of having an affair with his student. Aware of the consequences that both sides of the case, which gained a lot of media attention, have already suffered and will suffer in the future, she is trying to rebuild their trust, launching a thorough investigation into all aspects of the situation. At the same time, at the school she is teaching in, she is observing Mei, a girl who is clearly having problems at home.

Do truth and justice have the same meaning when it comes to borderline dilemmas about strangers and our loved ones? What is the role of the media, entangled in the dependencies on clicks, reaches, and catchy topics? How to help using legal tools and without unnecessary publicity? This searching, insightful film is a story hitting many sensitive notes, exploring the relationship between the law and the public, but also between ethical duties and the need to protect yourself and the people you love. Harumoto once again proves that he is one of the most interesting Japanese directors of the young generation. The author of the insightful "Going the Distance" (13th Five Flavours) is, once again, awarded for a balanced, apt analysis of the reality of his motherland.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Yujiro Harumoto

Born in 1978 in Kobe, Japan. He graduated from a film school at the Nihon University College of Art and started working in the one of the oldest Japanese studios, Shochiku, where he assisted directors such as Akira Inuoe or Shigeru Ishihara, working on many period films the studio is famous for. To make his directorial debut, he switched to the independent production system. "Going the Distance" receives a lot of awards and grabbed the audience's attention ant numerous film festivals worldwide.


2016 Na całe życie / Kazoku e / Going the Distance
2021 Równowaga / Yuko no tenbin / A Balance

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