Rail Truck

July 14, 2011
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2010. 116 min., 35 mm., in Japanese, Mandarin, and Min Nan with English subtitles.
Directed by Hirofumi Kawaguchi. With Machiko Ono, Kento Harada, Mei Fang, Liu Hnog, Kyoichi Omae.

“The viewer will be drawn into the screen by Taiwan’s vibrancy and elegant beauty.” Time Out Tokyo

2010 (7th) Hong Kong Film Festival New Talent Award

A tale of two islands and growing up as a stranger in a strange land, told with an artistry that recalls Hou Hsiao-Hsien at his best. Based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short story of the same title (1922), Kawaguchi’s film moves the original early 20th-century Izu Peninsula to present-day Taiwan, where the strength of family ties is singularly put to the test. Yumiko (Machiko Ono), who married against her parents’ wishes, has struggled on in stubborn determination since her husband’s death, moving her family from their Tokyo home to the verdant, rural Taiwan village of her in-laws. Her son Atsushi, strongly conscious that in ethnocentric Japan he is "different," is in a state of rebellion against both the society in which he has grown up and his mother. In their new home the family rediscovers the bonds that unite it.

Part of Japan Cuts 2011: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

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  • Thursday, July 14, 2011
  • 6:30 pm