2004. Japan. Hirokazu Koreeda. 140 min.
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 8:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2004. Japan. Written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. With Yuya Yagira, Kimura Hiei, Kitaura Ayu, Momoko Shimizu. This heartbreaking tale of abandonment and loyalty is based on the true story of four siblings, aged 14 to 2 years old, left alone by their mother in a small Tokyo apartment. The eldest brother's (Cannes Best Actor–winner Yagira) tragic failure to fend for his younger siblings would seem to overshadow his valiant attempts to provide for the family, but the film retains a sense of innocence and admiration for the children’s determination. In Japanese; English subtitles. 140 min.