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The Japanese Dog

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The Japanese Dog (Câinele Japonez)

Directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

  • Romania 2013; 86 min
  • Original version: Japanese, Romanian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Ex-aequo Award - Warsaw FF
    • Best Film - Vilnius IFF
    • Romanian Days Award for Best Debut - Transilvania IFF

  • Romanian submission for Academy Awards

    San Sebastián FF

  • From the director of AND THEY MAY STILL BE ALIVE TODAY presented at TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event
    From the director of AND THEY MAY STILL BE ALIVE TODAY presented at Venice Gap-Financing Market


Elderly Costache Moldu has lost his wife and all his goods in a flood. The unexpected return of his son, Ticu, from Japan forces them to relearn how to communicate, to become a family again. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his 7 years old grandson, while Ticu straightens mistakes from the past. A delicate film about family reconciliation.

Director's Statement

From the very beginning I was taken by the simpelness and the ingenuity of Ioan Antoci’s script. I tried to keep this spirit when I did the film.

The way in which I restructured the script, my choice of keeping a distance in the picture, the durations, the cuts we did in the editing process, all were aimed at a certain sobriety of the emotion – not wanting to avoid emotion, but trying to accumulate it behind the cold and rough faces and surfaces.

Victor Rebengiuc understood this aproach perfectly and he succeded to give the film the exact nuances inbetween the limits of too harsh chill and too dramatic exacerbation. A very emotional contrast emerged from the combination of Rebengiuc’s input and the cadour of the figure of the grandson (Toma Hashimoto).



    Bogdan Craciun 

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