Passage of Life

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Passage of Life

Directed by Akio Fujimoto

  • Japan 2017; 98 min
  • Original version: Japanese
  • Genre: Drama
    • The Spirit of Asia Award, Best Asian Future Film Award - Tokyo IFF
  • Cinemasia
    Osaka Asian FF
    Cambodia IFF

Synopsis

Issace(the Father) and Khine(the Mother) left Myanmar and now live in Tokyo, Japan, with their two children, 7-year-old Kaung and 4-year-old Htet, who believe they are Japanese. Issac repeatedly tries to obtain refugee status, and spends many hours working through the process, but never succeeds. Issac had to work at the Japanese Restaurant, and Khine illegally. Out of insecurity, Khine continuously quarrels with Issac. Acer Khine develops depression and becomes hospitalized, Issac decides to send Khine and his children back to Myanmar to live separately. The children have no choice but to follow his decision and face the great change awaiting them in Myanmar. In Yangon, while Khine recovers, Kaung’s stress grows stronger and stronger. He never liked learning Burmese. He can’t accept his new home and feels lonely being far away from his father and his friends. In the peak of his stress, he leaves the house with his back pack and toy gun in hand. He gets nowhere acer wandering around, asking the way to the airport. It begins to rain and the sun begins to set. He meets two boys, Adam and John, who talk to him in Japanese. They play in the middle of town. Eventually, Adam tells Kaung it’s Pme to go back home. At the house, he finds his mother and relaPves looking for him. His mother cries and tells him never to run off again. A while later, Kaung and Htet are accepted into the Japanese school system in Yangon. Kaung seems to have recovered his sense of security, but Htet never stops crying and asking for Dad.

Production

  • E.X.N.K.K.

    Kazutaka Watanabe