1 White Conduit St
Film Night: The Land of Hope – Thursday 25h February 8pm £2
Japan (English Subtitle) 2012 134mins Dir: Sion Sono
Cast: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Otani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka, Yutaka Shimizu, Hikari Kajiwara, Mariko Tsutsui, Denden
Drinks and snacks available from 7pm
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Sion Sono’s emotional plea against the dangers of nuclear energy is the first feature wholly centered on Japan’s Fukushima disaster.
In the aftermath of a fictional earthquake and nuclear meltdown, two Japanese families are uprooted from their homes and find their lives torn apart in The Land of Hope, a passionate, often touching, at times poetic drama of great psychological realism. Yet while the fictional stratagem allows writer-director Sion Sono the freedom to sidestep the need for political delicacy and capture the aftermath of the Fukushima tsunami/nuclear disaster in all its terror, it also robs the film of immediacy and undercuts its interest. It’s a little like watching an edge-of-seat dramatization of Hurricane Katrina set in a fictional Gulf Coast city — there’s something historical that feels left out.